History of the Stewarts | Historical Objects
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However new research has revealed that this association is more likely to be because the harp’s forepillar originally had a gold coin with a portrait of Mary fixed to it. Beatrix Gardyne married John Robertson of Monzie sometime before 1564 and the coin may have been added then to a treasured family heirloom to emphasise the importance of this marriage
At 812mm in height, the Queen Mary harp is much smaller than a modern concert harp. Very few early harps survive and as such this harp is important evidence of what they looked like.