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The National Library of Scotland - On the Massacre of Glencoe

To mark the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite uprising and the events leading to it, Double Take Projections created an innovative projection video celebrating one of Sir Walter Scott’s lesser-known poems.



Glencoe Projection - Three Sisters


Double Take Projections created a video showing the words of Sir Walter Scott’s poem, being beamed, on location, onto the Glencoe scenery, including Buachaille Etive Beag. On 13 February 1692, Government soldiers massacred 38 members of the MacDonald clan in their own homes - with 40 more women and children dying of exposure in the bitter Scottish winter after fleeing the violence. The attack came after the Highlanders were accused of being too slow to declare allegiance to the new Protestant monarchs, William and Mary, who had deposed the Catholic James VII (II of England).


The atrocity is widely regarded by historians as playing an important role in mobilising popular support across the Highlands for the Jacobite cause, leading to the 1715 uprising which sought to put James Edward Stuart, son of James VII, on the throne.  Now, more than 300 years later, Double Take Projections are striving to raise awareness of the role which the events played in Scottish history.




The intention of the project was to create imagery that grabbed people’s attention and raised awareness of this chapter in Scotland’s history. This project was extremely well received from local and national press.  It was covered on the front page of BBC News Website, STV Online, ITN, AV Magazine, Vice, Creators Project. It received over 100,000 views on different video hosting sites. The video was featured in an exhibition at the National Library of Scotland.

Glencoe Projection
Glencoe Projection



We used projectors of varying power to project onto a variety of terrains. To create interest, we blended smaller foreground shots with large distant compositions.  We then recorded each line of the poem over a 2 hour period using time-lapse photography. Each 2 hour shot was reduced to 7 seconds to theatrically show the dynamism in the stars and movement of the clouds.

"Double Take Projections Glencoe project was fantastically well received both on social media and in the press.  We plan to use them again to help promote our up coming exhibitions at George IV Bridge in Edinburgh."


Jacqueline Miller , National Library of Scotland




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