Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:Literature and Languages Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Three Scots Tombs in Riga
Author(s): Jackson Williams, Kelsey
Contact Email:
Keywords: Epigraphy, Scots Abroad, Riga, Visual Culture
Issue Date: Sep-2020
Date Deposited: 6-Nov-2020
Citation: Jackson Williams K (2020) Three Scots Tombs in Riga. Northern Studies, 51, pp. 50-63.
Abstract: IN THE final decades of the eighteenth century and the first of the nineteenth, the schoolmaster and antiquary Johann Christoph Brotze recorded hundreds of funeral monuments and epitaphs spread across the Russian Baltic provinces of Estland, Livland, and Kurland. Amongst these were three richly decorated effigial slabs in the Jacobikirche in Riga, all commemorating Scottish officers of the Thirty Years' War: James Scott (and his wife Margaret Gibson), Matthias Forbes, and Edward Johnstone. None of these monuments have survived-they were probably already lost by the beginning of the twentieth century-and Brotze's drawings, the unique record of their existence, are unknown to Scottish scholarship. 1 This alone makes them worthy of interest. They are, however, important artefacts for more reasons than simply antiquarian curiosity: they also provide new information on prominent Scots abroad and allow for the further development and honing of theories concerning the cultural assimilation and/or ╩╗Scottishness' of Scots furth of the realm during the early modern period. The present paper reproduces and contextualises Brotze's record of these monuments, editing their inscriptions for the first time, and uses them to argue that such artefacts performed acts of cultural translation, acts which served to establish and make legible elite Scottish immigrants in their new surroundings across Europe.
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Northern Studies, 2020, No 51, pp. 50-63 by Scottish Society for Northern Studies. The Society's website is available at:

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Scots Tombs in Riga REVISED.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version610.03 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.