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ONE of the most remarkable objects inFalkland Palace is a spectacular tester bed.Dated 1618, it is said to have been made inAberdeen for James VI, and is a fine exampleof rich carving and complex inlay work infruitwoods and ebony. Although a domestic object, it might be saidto be a precursor of the state bed. The four-poster bed, which can be seen inthe Keeper's Bedroom, was bought by MichaelCrichton Stuart at an auction at Rossie Prioryin Perthshire in December 1948. After the Second World War the CrichtonStuarts decided to live in Falkland Palace ratherthan the nearby House of Falkland, which hadbeen their home. In addition to moving in theirexisting furniture, they bought various piecesthat bore historic connections to the palace. The art collection of Rossie Priory inPerthshire had been begun by GeorgeKinnaird, 7th Lord Kinnaird in the 18thcentury. His son, the 8th peer, Lord CharlesKinnaird, continued building the collectionwith purchases made on his travels in Italyduring the 19th century. It was Lord Charles Kinnaird who had thearchitect William Atkinson build Rossie Prioryin 1826 as a replacement for the 8th LordKinnaird's existing seat, Drimmie House, andthis is where the extensive collection of Greek,Etruscan and Roman antiquities was housed, acatalogue of the collection being compiled byGeorge and published in 1877. After the Second World War Rossie Priorywas deemed too large to maintain and on 20and 21 December 1948 the Kinnaird collectionwas auctioned by Sothebys. The architect BasilSpence was commissioned to restore and alterthe Priory, and the greater part of the existingmansion was pulled down in 1949. Theremaining two-storey west wing, a handsomered stone building, and the chapel alone wererestored and modernised by Spence. James VI had apparently, on a visit toObject of virtueThe great bed at FalklandDiscoverFalkland PalaceFalkland, Cupar, Fife KY15 7BUTel: 0844 493 2186Palace, garden and shop1 Mar to 31 OctMon-Sat 11-5, Sun 1-5 MTWTFSS To find out more, seewww.tinyurl.com/ntsfalklandScotland, spent a week hunting in Perthshire inMay 1617 and had stayed with the Kinnairds,although it remains a moot point as to whetherthe family were then living at Kinnaird Castle,Moncur Castle or Rossie Priory.In 17th-century Scotland, as in England, themonarch's household travelled with many oftheir furnishings, including beds. In 1539, forexample, moving James V's "great grene bed"the 20 miles from Falkland to St Andrews hadcost the equivalent of more than £50,000 intoday's money.The Falkland bed, which was reputedly sleptin by James and may have been his ownproperty, was the centrepiece of an exhibitionduring the Edinburgh Festival in the 1980s. One of its most interesting features is thecarved inscription round the top. The wordbreaks are totally unrelated to the structure ofthe bed, and look like gobbledygook, forexample "FEREG ODHIS WILLO BAYFOR".Initially the meaning was not deciphereduntil Michael Crichton Stuart eventuallymanaged to work out how the lettering speltout a message. The inscription, we now know,reads: "FERE GOD HIS WILL OBAY FOR TOHEVEN IT IS THE WAIE". Sound advice,surely, for anyone about to drift off to sleep. lCOLLECTIONS38SUMMER 2012WWW.NTS.ORG.UKPhotography:Mike Bolam .Words:Iain Gale