Stranger than Fiction: (Re)discovering the Sobieski Stuart Brothers, 15 March 2022


28 October 2021
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'Stranger Than Fiction' explores the fascinating story of the Sobieski Stuart brothers John Carter Allen and Charles Manning Allen, who claimed to be descendants of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Dr Craig Buchanan reassesses the impact, significance and legacy of the Sobieski Stuart brothers in both the literary and historical spheres, based upon the recent (re)discovery of more than 30 hitherto unattributed publications by the pair.

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John Carter Allen (1795-1872) and Charles Manning Allen (1802-1880) [shown left and right respectively] were a pair of English brothers who, starting in the 1840s, began to claim that they were the descendants of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie). Their elaborate claims created widespread fascination and resulted in the publication of two books - Vestiarium Scoticum and Costume of the Clans, each of which influenced Scotland's tartan industry as we know it today.

In this exclusive talk on 15 March 2022, Dr Craig Buchanan will share his new research, exploring the impact and legacy of the Sobieski Stuart brothers on both the worlds of history and literature.


Event details

Join Dr Craig Buchanan on 15 March 2022 for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The webinar will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders for 7 days after broadcast.

The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, senior lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, and History Scotland’s consultant editor.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm UK time. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.


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Speaker details

Dr Craig Buchanan FSA Scot has a PhD in early Victorian literature and is currently researching the Sobieski Stuart brothers John Carter Allen and Charles Manning Allen.

 


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Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (UK time) on 12 January 2022. To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

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(Images courtesy of the Marquis of Bute's collection at Mount Stuart)