The Eglinton Tournament

The Eglinton Tournament

James Aikman

1839

Edinburgh, Scotland

coloured print

The Eglinton Tournament of 1839 was one of the most extravagant chivalric events of the nineteenth century, with dozens of participants practising for up to a year in preparation. Inspired partly by scenes from Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, it was held at the Earl of Eglinton’s Castle in Ayrshire. The costumed jousts and processions lasted for several days and drew huge crowds, despite torrential rain. Numerous commemorative items were made in connection with the tournament, including a jug and a waistcoat now at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Watercolours depicting the tournament and heraldic shields made for the event are now on display in Ayrshire. This illustration is from James Aikman et al., An Account of the Tournament at Eglinton (Edinburgh, 1839), which also includes descriptions of each day's activities and lists of participants.

Comments

12/03/2016

Alison Macdonald

Walter James Little Gilmour Esq of Craigmillar and Liberton rode as the black knight in this tournament and we as a heritage group are based in the home he was owned Inch House in Edinburgh. We can supply further history of Walter and photographs if you want to contact us by email if interested. Alison Macdonald, Secretary

27/05/2015

Stephen Napier Courtauld

The Earl of Eglinton was my Great grandfather, whom I believe impoverished his family with the extraordinary foolhardiness of this tournament. I would be grateful of any information regarding the tournament

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