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Freedom of the Burgh of Inverness

An oath, a scroll, and a symbolic marriage to the city – these form part of the elaborate traditions which we’re exploring in our new display on the Freedom of Inverness.

The Freedom is a rare civic honour with origins in the medieval history of the city. Once a mark of elite social and political status, it is now awarded in recognition of outstanding service to society and to Inverness itself.

Objects relating to several recipients of the Freedom are featured in the display, with highlights including an ornate silver and oak Freedom casket presented to Inverness businessman Charles Fraser Esq. in 1938, an 18th century Burgess ticket, and an illuminated scroll commemorating the 2002 Freedom presentation of the late former Provost Allan G. Sellar OBE. Objects owned by Fraser and Sellar were donated to the museum recently and are being placed on public display for the first time. #InvMAG 

22 June – 28 August 2021
First Floor Foyer