Image of the
Queen Mary Harp hosted on the National Museum of Scotland webpage. Please visit the NMS site to learn more.
|Date||Probably late 14th or early 15th century. SocAntScot on radiocarbon dating|
|String Count||Originally 29, later increased to 30|
|Height||82 cm (32½ inches)|
|Soundbox||Hollowed out from a single block, maximum width 30 cm (12 inches) willow|
|Current Location||National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh.|
This harp was said to have been presented to Beatrix Gardyne by Mary Queen of Scots, but there is no evidence that Mary ever owned this harp.
For Robert Bruce Armstrongs account of this harp, see The Irish and Highland Harps pages 168 through 183. These pages contain numerous photographs and drawings, as well as detailed descriptions, measurements and observations on this harp.
For further information relating to this harp please see the articles linked below:
Queen MaryHarp— the robbing of the valuable adornments which were closely associated with the popular name of this harp
Beautiful coloured photographs of this harp can be found by following the links below to the National Museum of Scotlands website. Simply select the thumbnail image to be taken to the Museums own enlarged photograph.