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Tokens of Her Esteem:

John Brown was Queen Victoria’s personal servant at Balmoral, the estate in Aberdeenshire which she and Prince Albert bought and loved.

The brooch pictured belonged to John Brown, and is part of a set of Highland dress accessories given to him by Victoria on the date of the marriage of her fourth daughter, Princess Louise.  The Museum holds the complete set, including Brown’s belt, sword, Sgian Dubh (small kilt knife), and powder horn.

“Each piece is inscribed ‘V.R. to J.B. 21st March 1871.’”

Brown once saved Victoria’s life by stopping a runaway pony and cart.

The tartan under the framed photograph of Queen Victoria in this picture is a piece of Balmoral tartan designed by Prince Albert.