The 1st Marquis of Montrose

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A NEW national exhibition celebrating the quater-centenary of the birth of James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose opened at the Montrose Museum this week.

The exhibition called ‘To Win or Lose it All – A Celebration of the Life & Campaigns of James Graham 1st Marquis of Montrose 1612 – 1650’, hosts the largest collection of objects relating to the 1st Marquis of Montrose that has ever been brought together.

The collection includes painting, weapons, portraits, documents, furniture, silver and books.

Perhaps the highlight of the exhibition is the heart of Montrose, what is believed to be the actual embalmed heart of the Marquis.

The exhibition is complemented by comprehensive display panels interpreting James Graham’s extraordinary life and death: his remarkable military successes, the romantic legend and his legacy.

The exhibition will also host a series of three lectures by Malcolm McVittie that detail the life, campaigns and legacy of the 1st Marquis of Montrose.

July 25: ‘Montrose- A Candidate for Immortality’: a biographical account of the marquis.

August 22: ‘Montrose and his Conscience’: an explanation of his change of allegiance.

September 19: ‘Montrose’s Annus Mirabilis’: his military campaign.

The lectures all start at 2pm in the museum.

The 1st Marquis of Montrose is seen as one of the most controversial in Scottish history and one of the most pivotal figures during the civil war period.

A statue of him currently stands on Castle Place and his remains rest at St Giles’ cathedral in Edinburgh which also hosts the remains of his arch-enemy Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll.

The exhibition will run until September 22 at Montrose Museum which is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

For further details, contact the museum on 01674 673232 or email