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old king colon; Posh Scots school puts James VII's mummified bowel on display.


GHOULISH guests at a boarding school bash queued up to see a collection of historical body parts - including a section of King James VII's bowel.

The mummified body part belonging to the monarch - who was also James II of England - was on show in Pinkie House, at Loretto School, Edinburgh, as part of celebrations for the anniversary of the Battle of Prestonpans.

The bowel was one of a number of rare artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries put on display in the building as it turned 400.

Other previously unseen relics from the Stuart dynasty were also on display at the house, among them a piece of Bonnie Prince Charlie's tartan, his miniature, a lock of his hair and King James's snuff horn.

Loretto external affairs boss Jonathan Hewat said: "The mummified bowel certainly got an interesting reception.

"We made sure people were aware it was on display, so it gave the more squeamish the chance to avoid it. On the whole, people were fascinated by it."

King Charles I lived at Pinkie House as a child, while Bonnie Prince Charlie spent the night there after his victory over British government forces at Prestonpans on September 21, 1745


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Date:Oct 4, 2013
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