The Other King’s Speech Goes Under the Hammer at Bonhams


LONDON.- A remarkable hand-written speech delivered by Charles II in Perth on 6 October 1650 is for auction at Bonhams in London on 29 March as part of the Roy Davids sale of Papers and Portraits. Written down the side of one page and folded into four panels to make it easier to deliver, the speech takes the form of an apology to members of the Scottish Parliament for a bizarre episode in which Charles had attempted to escape from their control. The King’s handwriting shows unmistakable signs of the pressure he was under. It is estimated at between £8,000-12,000. The Scottish Parliament recognised Charles II the legitimate King soon after the execution of his father Charles I in 1649 and he arrived in Scotland in June the following year to reclaim the throne. The Scottish Parliament was dominated by Covenanters – Protestants whose objective was to spread Presbyterianism throughout Britain. They forced Charles, reluctantl