- Museum number
Silver medal. (whole)
The Devil leading Sir Robert Walpole by a rope round his neck towards the mouth of the infernal beast. (reverse)
Full-length figure of the Duke of Argyle in the robes and collar of the Garter with the George; he stands three-quarters, right, and leans upon a column, on which is his coronet; behind him, a trophy of arms. (obverse)
- Production date
Diameter: 36.000 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Medallic Illustrations 2, published in 1885, states:
Rare in silver.
This medal suggests that the Duke of Argyle was unwilling to be a "pentioner" of Sir Robert Walpole: he did not, however, resign his appointments, but was deprived of them by the King at the instigation of Walpole. The general outcry against Excise occurred in the year 1733, when Sir Robert Walpole introduced his celebrated Excise Bill. It was again revived, and this and other circumstances increased the unpopularity of the Minister and drove him from his post.
See Cochran-Patrick, R. W., ‘Catalogue of the Medals of Scotland etc.’, Edinburgh, 1884, Pl. xix. 3.
- Not on display
- Coins and Medals
- Registration number
- C&M catalogue number
MB2 (Medallic Illustrations 2) (561) (190)