The Eglinton Tournament
By the 1830s, tales of romance and chivalry inspired an interest in the costume and events of the Middle Ages.
This painting shows Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton and Winton, dressed in gold armour at the tournament which he hosted in 1839. At the famous Eglinton Tournament, held at Eglinton Castle, Ayreshire, Scotland, the Earl and his guests dressed themselves in medieval-style costumes and took part in processions and competitions.
The tournament was open to the public and attracted tens of thousands of spectators. Participants had spent the previous year in training, both in private and in public, building up huge public interest in the event. A variety of commemorative souvenirs was produced, such as jugs or textiles.
You can learn more about the Tournament in the audio below.