A book fit for a Queen written in Deeside ...

Victoria's Adventure book
Victoria's Adventure book

A gilded manuscript based on a book by Queen Victoria detailing time she spent in Upper Deeside and other parts of Scotland is set to go on display.

“More leaves from the journal of a life in the Highlands” was compiled from the Queen’s diaries and published in 1884.

A Persian translation, covered in dazzling gold illumination, was created the following year and presented to the monarch.

The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh will be the books home for a spell later this month.

Queen Victoria’s book became an instant hit with readers.

It covered the period from 1862 to 1882 and followed an earlier publication covering her life from 1848 to 1861.

The later book, beginning less than a year after her husband Prince Albert’s death, reflects the queen’s grief but also how her “sad and suffering heart was soothed and cheered by the excursions and incidents it recounts”.

The Persian translation will be on show as part of a Royal Collection exhibition looking at gold.

After Albert’s death, the queen spent up to four months a year at Balmoral, her “dear paradise in the Highlands”.

The widower Queen spemnt her days recording her appreciation of the natural beauty of the landscape.

Her diary entries include various anecdotes, from opening the Aberdeen waterworks in 1866 to visiting Mary Queen of Scots’ apartments at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.

In 1865 she travelled to Dunkeld in Perthshire to stay with the dowager duchess of Atholl.

She wrote that she was served “several Scotch dishes, two soups and the celebrated haggis which I tried last night and really liked very much”.

The Queen’s account of a carriage accident on the way back from Alltnaguibhsaich in 1863 when the vehicle overturned and she fell face-down into the ground is one of the more compelling passages.

She said: “I had time to reflect on whether we should be killed or not, and thought there were still things I had not settled and wanted to do.”

The Persian manuscript was created for presenting to the queen by Kilmarnock-born Major-General Sir Robert J Murdoch Smith, director of the Edinburgh Museum of Science and Art.

The exhibition will be at the gallery from March 27 to July 26.