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  • The King's Prize at Leith, Sarah Burnett | www.26treasures.com
    cope with running miles over wet sand The mental pictures brighten as I read the texts Racing was traditionally a sport run by the gentry for the gentry it still is though you should now substitute rich for gentry But like today its appeal stretched far beyond the people who owned the horses While the King and the wealthy and the rising middle classes awarded each other gold teapots and other fashionable treasures at Leith Races in 1738 thousands of less socially elevated Scots were spending the week drinking fighting womanising and generally having a riotous time Imagine the Bath of Jane Austen juxtaposed with a week long Hearts Hibs derby There s clearly a class angle and social change too The goldsmith was James Ker who later became an MP Having bought himself an estate in Roxburghshire he took on the grander identity of James Ker of Bughtrig As the helpful legend in the Museum tells me this was the age of improvement Horseracing social change class the Enlightenment James Ker s teapot becomes more interesting Several days after first scrutinising the teapot I belatedly realise there s yet another story Tea The teapot dates from the era when Britain was falling in love with tea When Samuel Pepys first tasted tea in 1660 it was barely known in Britain Over the next century in Britain it became a passion a fashion an addiction There were tea taxes tea smugglers tea wars and debates over its heath benefits or dangers Half a century before the teapot was the prize at Leith Races many people there would not have seen a teapot or tasted tea I still don t really like my teapot visually but I m excited about the themes Sometime the physical properties of an artwork can move

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  • St Ninian's Isle Treasure, Rody Gorman | www.26treasures.com
    form I have recently adopted I call it intertonguing or subversion or traduction as I have come to the conclusion that Gaelic poetry and MacLean s work is a case in point is untranslatable In spite of regular residencies most recently at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Gaelic College in Skye the full time professional poet is not for me I m sorry to say and I make my living primarily as a translator for amongst others the Scottish Parliament but that s quite another matter The English version given here does not indicate for example that the original includes homophones for Shetland and Pict and that the Gaelic for excavation and research originally meant to ransack deriving like many Gaelic words from Norse in this case from rannsaka to search a house according to Alexander MacBain s delightful Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language 1896 MacBain s work by the way is not to be confused with Charles Mackay s fanciful conjectures published as The Gaelic Etymology Of The Languages Of Western Europe And More Especially Of The English And Lowland Scotch And Of Their Slang Cant and Colloquial Dialects in Copenhagen in 1877 Mackay who was educated at the Caledonian Asylum in London also published Songs and Poems 1834 and Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds 1841 The word in Scottish Gaelic for Ulster also denotes a treasure and echoes tasgadh which also means burying and seòid means both jewels and heroes Lochlannach primarily means a Norwegian Scandinavian but also by extension a marauder or robber in Irish Gaelic at least Dùn nan Gall of course denotes Donegal there are places of the same name on the islands of Islay Tiree and Mull all in Earra Ghàidheal Argyll but also refers to the Northern foreigners recorded in the

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  • Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Travelling Canteen, Harriet Smart | www.26treasures.com
    gilt finish It is a beautiful piece of clockwork made for eating The forks and knives are made in two pieces and must be unscrewed for storage in the silver gilt egg shaped case There is a corkscrew and a nutmeg grater as well as a little salt and pepper shaker not to mention a quaich This is an object of conspicuous consumption and would have seemed dazzling at a time when most folk thought themselves lucky if they owned a pewter spoon A Princely picnic I have chosen to write my piece in the form of the words for an eighteenth century da capo aria Handel s Italian opera had been the rage in London about the time this object was made and opera was a luxurious aristocratic pastime indulged in by people who would have aspired to a piece of silver like the travelling canteen Handel s intricate glamorous music seemed the perfect inspiration for this extraordinary object The more I thought about him the more Charles Edward or Carluccio as he was known to his family seemed like the perfect hero for a Handel opera He is an exiled prince young noble and handsome with a great destiny ahead of him that he must fulfil or become a tragic figure As was the custom of the time the Prince Hero would be sung by a male soprano very probably a castrato These voices were prized for their purity and emotional force and like Bonnie Prince Charlie himself particularly admired by women If you listen to modern singers like Andreas Scholl Robin Blaze and Phillipe Jarroussky you will get some idea of the power and beauty of this style of singing So I began to imagine Prince Charlie as a figure on the baroque stage stopping the action

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  • Napier's Bones, A J McIntosh | www.26treasures.com
    promises of usefulness and self empowerment the allure of efficiency portability affordability and the disappointing reality of fiddliness In fact the design soon had to be modified for the rods to align reliably but the device was fundamentally sound and proved hugely popular across Europe for well over a century Napier s invention had actually drawn upon and repackaged the work of many earlier philosophers in Italy the Middle East and India Its provenance and impact were international And that for me is inspiring I want to live in a receptive Scotland which is outward looking in creative dialogue across time cultures and borders And yet Napier was unavoidably the product of his own era a man also capable of sustained invective against popery a man who argued in print for practical measures to purge the Court of non Protestants His diatribes recall other Scottish features recognizable today sectarian fault lines obviously but also a continued appetite for schism and exclusion when faced with difference Sometimes prejudice stems from ignorance sometimes from calculative shortcuts As a form of technology this exhibit may have been superseded but I m surprised by its continued potency its capacity to evoke memory something I

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  • Drag Chains for BAE ship, Joan Lennon | www.26treasures.com
    has a strict approach to giving writers their objects You don t get to choose something you d like or something you d feel comfortable with You don t get to choose at all The museum curators select 26 objects and these are randomly assigned to the writers So what did the luck of the draw give me Drag chains for BAE ship Level 6 Scotland A Changing Nation Ah I d never even been that high in the museum I had to ask for help to find the lift Ridiculously I found I was getting nervous on the trip up and then there it was My object Four obviously enormously heavy red rusted metal links cut off the drag chains which were used for decades for the launch of ships from the Fairfield yard at Govan now part of BAE Systems Well In another setting they would be a modern sculpture but here it wasn t the beauty of their interlocking shapes that was the really amazing thing about them You haven t really seen a drag chain till you ve seen it in action On the wall behind the links two videos were showing including one in black and white of the building and launching of a ship from I d guess the 1950s based on hair styles The footage of the drag chains was ASTONISHING hundreds of them in great heaps smoking screaming galumphing towards the water like gigantic metal sci fi monsters pitting themselves against the weight of a brand new ship racing away with the full blessing of gravity behind it The drag chains don t win they never win but they fail magnificently Another of the guides told me they aren t going to be launching ships that way any more just building them

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  • Shorelines cover.jpg | www.26treasures.com
    The Book Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Shorelines cover jpg

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  • images.jpg | www.26treasures.com
    The Book Wales Scotland Northern Ireland images jpg

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  • Northern Ireland Stories | www.26treasures.com
    I noticed that parts of the vellum were riddled with worm holes and that the names of Noah s sons could be seen clearly in the midst of the delicate mesh my imagination rallied and started to spread its wings On my return home I followed this up with some research on Edward IV It seems that his own mother started spreading rumours that he was an illegitimate child after he insisted on marrying a widow by the name of Elizabeth Woodville a woman beneath contempt in his mother s eyes Was that the origin of this particular pedigree Was it produced as a result of the King s express wish or more likely his order Was this an attempt by Edward IV to anchor himself firmly in an honourable lineage in the face of his mother s attempts to blacken his name Kinship Family Lineage As genealogy websites such as Ancestry become increasingly popular as well as a variety of TV programmes on the same subject it seems that tracing our family tree is still as important to us as nuclear families as it was to Edward IV during the second half of the fifteenth century The latest technology has certainly made the process of tracing our ancestors simpler than ever But who or what awaits us nestling between the various branches Trysor Ach ar femrwn o linell frenhinol Prydain a Lloegr o Adda i Edward IV ail hanner y bymthegfed ganrif Llinach Gwreiddyn ein gofyn i gyd Pwy wyf i O frenin i r werin turiwn rhwng plygion hen femrynau ein bysedd yn dawnsio dros y clytwaith cnotiog pwythau r genynnau n edafedd gwydn dan ein dwylo Dadrolio r sgrôl anystwyth hir nes canfod yn disgwyl amdanom yn ei phen draw Adda ei hun Yn dyllau pryfed byw Staen tywyll ac wyneb cwyr A chwestiwn lond ei galon Addasiad gan Adaptation by Paul Henry Lineage since the age of Adam Lineage Who am I Root the centuries for an answer From King Primate to refugee I scratched the parched earth for water food unstitching my lineage from the cracked plains believing in it Here read this read my dead palm Who am I An unravelled scroll of hunger With Darwin tattooed on my brow Flies bore into me settle on my son s eyes Rhaid dweud fod fy nghalon wedi suddo rhyw gymaint pan dynnwyd fy nhrysor i allan o r het yn lansiad y cynllun 26 Trysor yn y Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Roedd un o sylfaenwyr y grŵp 26 gwreiddiol John Simmons newydd sôn yn ei gyflwyniad fel yr oedd yntau wedi cael yr un teimlad yn union pan barwyd ef â chanhwyllbren rococo yn Amgueddfa r V A y llynedd Gwenais gan gydymdeimlo ag o n syth a dal i wenu n benderfynol tra roedd fy nychymyg i n rhedeg yma ac acw mewn panig Onid oedd darlun o Gwynfor Evans yn arwain protestwyr yn erbyn boddi Cwm Celyn drwy strydoedd Lerpwl neu argraffiad cyntaf Llyfr Mawr

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