Used as a memorial to someone who had died, a ‘hatchment’ would carry the deceased’s coat of arms. This example was mounted on a wall of Innerpeffray Chapel, to celebrate the life of Andrew John Drummond, 7th Viscount of Strathallan. He died unmarried in 1817.
After the Reformation in 1560, the chapel served as a burial vault for the Drummonds, owners of the estate on which it stood. The hatchment bears the family motto: “VIRTUTEM CORONAT HONDS” (‘Honour crowns virtue’).
Very few hatchments remain in Scotland. The Church of Scotland removed many of them in the 1600s.