Blairs Museum

Paintings

Our important collection of paintings spans more than four centuries and features some of Scotland’s most renowned historical figures.

The highlight of the collection is a full length memorial portrait of Mary Queen of Scots dressed as she was on the day of her execution. The colourful history behind this painting captivates the imagination of all our visitors, when they discover that it was saved from the mob during the French Revolution by being hidden up a chimney. 

The Stuart family’s fate and their association with Catholicism in Scotland played a vital part in the development of Scotland’s history.  The Museum displays portraits of three generations of the family, complimented by Jacobite relics and memorabilia from Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time in Scotland.

 

Mary Queen of Scots painting