Although the exact Society referenced on this glass has not been determined it appears to fall within a small group of Society's glasses known. What confuses further is that more than one pattern is known and iconography changes from simple motto to more elaborate Jacobite symbols such as the rose and buds. Indeed variety in the mottos is recorded too with similar recorded with mottos such as 'Health To All True Blues' and 'The Friendly Hunt'. There is no doubt that the Society is pro Jacobite and it is considered by the addition of the thistle that it is likely this society was Scottish based.
The addition of the Drummond family motto, Gang Warily, connects this glass to either a family member, clansman or supporter of the Duke of Perth. Following a close family connection to the Stuarts the 6th Earl and 3rd Duke of Perth was an extremely close ally of Prince Charles. As soon as he arrived in Scotland in July 1745 Perth declared his allegiance. Awarded lieutenant-general of the highland army, Perth participated in the successful battle of Prestonpans. However, as the tide turned in Inverness-shire Perth fled the battle of Culloden and was taken aboard the French frigate ship La Bellone, which had arrived with supplies for the highland forces. Worn out by the campaign he died at sea on 13 May of that year.
This rare example of a Society glass is to be offered in our forthcoming auction of Scottish Works of Art & Whisky taking place live online on Wednesday 12th August.