Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr., Barton College’s generous benefactor whose recent gift established the Rare Book Room in Hackney Library, has donated a framed collection of pictures depicting Prince Charles Edward Stuart at various stages of his life.
“Bonnie Prince Charlie,” as Scots affectionately refer to him, led a band of Scottish Highlanders in a failed attempt to regain the British crown for the House of Stuart in 1745. His exploits made him a legend in Scottish tradition. The framed pictures come from Andrew Lang’s book, Prince Charles Edward, published in 1909, and are on display in the Rare Book Room.
The K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room is an elegant facility, with antique furnishings and handcrafted shelving, on Hackney Library’s second floor. It houses literature of the British Isles, with a special emphasis on Scottish literature, history, and philosophy. Currently, the collection is highlighting a 1787 Edinburgh edition of Robert Burns’ Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect and a first edition of Charles Dickens’ final novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Both volumes were also gifts of Mr. Kennedy.
Interested students and other researchers can visit and conduct research in the room by contacting Library Director George Loveland (email@example.com; 252-399-6501) to schedule an appointment.