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The Medallion was designed by the head of the Royal Mint John Roettier, and commemorates Charles XI being invested with the Order of the Garter and is mentioned in Hawkins volume Medallic Illustrations p.549 no. 206.
The inscription on the case roughly translates to Given in memory of J. Skene of Dyce who died 1st December 1746, accept this and protect it, Alexander Bannerman.
Alexander Bannerman was a supporter of the Jacobite cause. The son of the second Baronet of Nova Scotia, he joined Prince Charles Edward Stuart at Stirling in 1745 and was with him at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. He escaped with his life fleeing north to Dingwall and then to Sutherland. He finally fled to France, having narrowly escaped government troops at Elsick where he concealed himself in a secret closet.
The J.Skene mentioned is John Skene of Dyce who was eighth Laird of Dyce, the family being a cadet branch of the Skenes of Skene, and the son of Alexander Skene of Dyce (1694 - 1743). He succeeded to Dyce in 1743 and died without legitimate male issue in 1746. It is believed the medallion was presented as a gift of thanks to the Skene family for their assistance during the Jacobite uprising.
It is of some conjecture as to how a Swedish commemorative item came to have a Scottish Jacobite case made for it. In 1719 the Jacobites attempted to enlist the help of Sweden, possibly due to the fact that France, a Jacobite supporter, was allied with Sweden. The help was not forthcoming. Bannerman's route to France took him via Sweden were he possibly acquired the medallion.