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Inverness Museum’s latest display highlights the many outstanding citizen who have been honoured with the Freedom of the Royal Burgh of Inverness


By Louise Glen

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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery has opened a temporary display exploring the Freedom of the Royal Burgh of Inverness, a rare civic honour awarded in recognition of exceptional service to society and to the city itself.

The display, which features artefacts relating to several recipients of the Freedom, will run until August 28.

Museum assistant Joe Setch said: “For centuries, the Freedom of Inverness has been a celebration of outstanding citizenship and commitment to the community. Our display takes a look at the significance of this status and the elaborate rituals performed at official Freedom presentations.”

Highlights of the display include an ornate silver and oak freedom casket presented to Inverness businessman Charles Fraser in 1938, an 18th century Burgess Ticket, and an illuminated scroll commemorating the 2002 Freedom presentation of the late former Provost Allan G Sellar OBE.

Objects owned by Fraser and Sellar were donated to the museum recently, and are being displayed for the first time.

The Freedom of Inverness traces its origins back to the medieval period.

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