William of Orange, technically William II of Scotland and III of England, is a figure of prime importance in late-seventeenth-century Scottish history.

Not only did his accession to the British throne in 1688 lead directly to the Jacobite risings, his reign saw many of the events which forced more and more Scots to conclude that the personal Union of the Crowns was unworkable without an accompanying union of the Parliaments.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 1JD
0131 624 6200

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm. (6pm during August).

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