Jacobite rising of 1745

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The Jacobite rising of 1745, also known as the Forty-five Rebellion or simply the '45 (Scottish Gaelic: Bliadhna Theàrlaich [ˈpliən̪ˠə ˈhjaːrˠl̪ˠɪç], "The Year of Charles"), was an attempt by Charles Edward Stuart to regain the British throne for his father, James Francis Edward Stuart. It took place during the War of the Austrian Succession, when the bulk of the British Army was fighting in mainland Europe, and proved to be the last in a series of revolts that began in 1689, with major outbreaks in 1708, 1715 and 1719.

Charles launched the rebellion on 19 August 1745 at Glenfinnan in the Scottish Highlands, capturing Edinburgh and winning the Battle of Prestonpans in September. At a council in October, the Scots agreed to invade England after Charles assured them of substantial support from English Jacobites and a simultaneous French landing in Southern England. On that basis, the Jacobite army entered England in early November, reaching Derby on 4 December, where they decided to turn back.

Similar discussions had taken place at Carlisle, Manchester and Preston and many felt they had gone too far already. The invasion route was chosen to take them through areas considered strongly Jacobite but the promised English support failed to materialise, they were far from home and outnumbered by three government armies, each larger than their own. While the decision was supported by the vast majority, it caused an irretrievable split between the Scots and Charles. Despite victory at Falkirk Muir in January 1746, the Battle of Culloden in April ended the Rebellion and significant backing for the Stuart cause. Charles escaped to France, but was unable to win support for another attempt, and died in Rome in 1788.


Portrait of James, the Old Pretender
James Francis Edward Stuart, the 'Old Pretender,' or 'Chevalier de St George'
Cardinal Fleury, chief minister of France 1723-1743
Cardinal Fleury, chief minister 1723 to 1743; reflected a majority view that the Jacobites were not a serious weapon for dealing with British power

The 1688 Glorious Revolution replaced James II and VII, then King of England, Ireland and Scotland, with his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband William, ruling as joint monarchs. Neither Mary, who died in 1694, nor her sister Anne, had surviving children, leaving their Catholic half-brother James Francis Edward as the closest natural heir. To ensure a Protestant succession, the 1701 Act of Settlement excluded Catholics from the English and Irish thrones, and of Great Britain after the 1707 Acts of Union. When Anne became the last Stuart monarch in 1702, her successor was the distantly related but Protestant Sophia of Hanover, who died two months before Anne in August 1714. Her son became George I, giving the pro-Hanoverian Whigs control of the government for the next 30 years.[2]

Louis XIV was a strong supporter of the Stuarts but after his death in 1715, French priorities were peace and rebuilding their economy.[3] The 1716 Anglo-French alliance forced the Stuarts to leave France and they were invited to settle in Rome by Pope Benedict XIV.[4] The Duke of Ormond, responsible for planning the 1719 Rising, concluded it had damaged the cause, writing that "it bid fair to ruin the King's Interest and faithful subjects in these parts."[5]

While the birth of his sons Charles and Henry kept the Stuarts in the public eye, James' devout personal Catholicism made him less attractive to his Protestant supporters.[6] By 1737, he was reported as "living tranquilly in Rome, having abandoned all hope of a restoration".[7] In the 1730s, French statesmen began to see British commercial power as a threat to the traditional advantage provided by the revenue-raising powers of the centralised French state.[8] Restoring the Stuarts would be of little benefit to France but an ongoing, inexpensive Jacobite insurgency to absorb British resources might, although potentially devastating for the Scots.[a] [10]

The 1737 Porteous Riots in Edinburgh
The 1737 Porteous Riots in Edinburgh
Spain and Britain went to war in 1739
Commercial disputes between Spain and Britain led to the War of Jenkins' Ear in 1739

The 1725 malt tax riots in Glasgow and the 1737 Porteous riots in Edinburgh showed a lack of sensitivity by the London government. In March 1743, the Highland-recruited 42nd Regiment or Black Watch was posted to Flanders; despite warnings this was contrary to an understanding that their service was restricted to Scotland, the move went ahead and led to a mutiny.[11]

Trade disputes between Spain and Britain led to the 1739 War of Jenkins' Ear, followed in 1740–41 by the War of the Austrian Succession. The long-serving British prime minister Robert Walpole was forced to resign in February 1742 by an alliance of Tories and anti-Walpole Patriot Whigs, who then did a deal that excluded the majority of their Tory partners from government.[12] Furious Tories such as the Duke of Beaufort now asked for French help in restoring James to the British throne.[13]

By 1743, hostilities between Britain and France seemed only a matter of time, as French statesmen generally agreed British commercial power was a threat that had to be dealt with.[14] The vast majority of Louis XV's ministers did not consider the Stuarts a useful tool in that process, apart from foreign minister D'Argenson and Cardinal Tencin.[15] When Cardinal Fleury, chief minister since 1723, died in January 1743, both became more prominent while Louis assumed control of government.[16]

Post-1715; Jacobitism in the British Isles[edit]

Defeat at Aughrim in 1691 sent many Irish into exile
Defeat at Aughrim in July 1691 ended Irish hopes of land reform and tolerance for Catholicism; many of Charles' senior advisors in 1745 were Irish exiles

In 1745, supporters of the exiled Stuarts, or Jacobites, remained a significant element in British and Irish politics but with different and often competing goals. These divisions, especially between the Scots and Irish, became increasingly apparent during the 1745 Rising, which also demonstrated that estimates of English support had confused indifference to the Hanoverians with enthusiasm for the Stuarts.[17]

Charles' senior advisors included Irish exiles such as John O'Sullivan, who wanted an autonomous, Catholic Ireland and the return of lands confiscated after the Irish Confederate Wars.[18] James II had promised these in return for Irish support in the 1689-1691 Williamite War, and only a Stuart restoration to the throne of Great Britain could ensure the fulfilment of this promise.[19]

Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn (1692–1749), Welsh landowner and MP; the sky-blue waistcoat worn here was a symbol used by Tory Jacobites.

Many English and Welsh sympathisers were members of the Protestant Church of England, but most active participants in the 1715 rising had been Catholics.[20] Jacobite strategy in 1745 failed to appreciate this distinction or the post-1715 decline in English support; Tory opposition was as much the result of their exclusion from government, as Stuart loyalism.[21]

Many Scots opposed the 1707 Union
Opposition to the 1707 Act of Union was the most consistent element in Scottish Jacobite ideology

Similarly, many 'Jacobite' protests in Wales stemmed from opposition to the 18th century Welsh Methodist revival and were used as an electoral tool.[22] The senior Welsh Jacobite was Denbighshire landowner and Tory MP Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, who headed the Jacobite White Rose society and met with Stuart agents several times between 1740 and 1744. He spent the Rebellion in London, active participation by the Welsh gentry being limited to two lawyers, David Morgan and William Vaughan.[23]

After the failed 1719 Rising, new laws imposed penalties on nonjuring clergy, those who refused to swear allegiance to the Hanoverian regime, rather than the Stuarts.[24] The main issue in England was whether it was permissible to switch allegiance and the problem naturally diminished as these priests died. In Scotland, they preserved their independence due to doctrinal differences with the majority Church of Scotland, which continues today in the Scottish Episcopal Church; many of the Rebellion's leaders and participants were members of non-juring episcopalian congregations.[25] Lastly, the most consistent indicator for those who supported Charles in 1745 was opposition to the 1707 Acts of Union, where loss of political control had not been matched by promised economic benefits.[26]

In 1745, Charles wanted to reclaim the throne of a united Great Britain and rule using the principles of the divine right of kings and absolutism, ideas rejected by the 1688 Glorious Revolution. These aims were reinforced by the advisors he brought with him, many of whom were long-term Catholic exiles, unfamiliar with either Scotland or England.[27] They differed sharply from the bulk of his support, mostly Protestant Scottish nationalists who opposed the Union and 'arbitrary' rule.[28]

Charles in Scotland[edit]

In the secret 1743 Treaty of Fontainebleau or Pacte de Famille, Louis and his uncle, Philip V of Spain, agreed terms for co-operating against Britain, which included an attempt to restore the Stuarts.[29] In November, Louis advised James the invasion was planned for February and the French began assembling 12,000 troops and transports at Dunkirk, selected because it was possible to reach the Thames in a single tide.[30] The Royal Navy was well aware of this, so the French squadron in Brest made ostentatious preparations for putting to sea, in hopes of luring their patrols away.[31] As speed and surprise were essential, James remained in Rome while Charles travelled in secret to Gravelines in France to join the invasion.[32]

Charles Stuart at Holyrood, 1745
Charles Edward Stuart, late 1745; note similarities to the portrait of Louis XV, above right

Despite these precautions, when Admiral Roquefeuil's squadron left Brest on 26 January, the Royal Navy remained on station, guarding the exits from Dunkirk.[32] Naval operations against Britain often took place in the winter, when wind and tides made it harder to enforce a blockade but increased weather risks. As with the Spanish in 1719, storms sank a number of French ships and severely damaged many others, Roquefeuil himself being a casualty, while the British government arrested a number of suspected Jacobites.[33] In March, Louis cancelled the invasion and declared war on Britain.[34]

In August, Charles travelled to Paris to argue for an alternative landing in Scotland and met with Sir John Murray of Broughton, the liaison between the Stuarts and their Scottish supporters. Murray later claimed to have advised against the idea but that Charles replied he was "determined to come the following summer [...] though with a single footman".[35] When Murray returned with this news, the Scots reiterated their opposition to a rising without French military support but Charles gambled that once he was in Scotland, the French would have to support him.[36]

Charles spent the first months of 1745 purchasing weapons, while the French victory at Fontenoy in April encouraged them to provide him with limited support. This included 700 volunteers from the Regiment du Clare of the French Army's Irish Brigade and two transport ships: Elizabeth, an elderly 64-gun warship captured from the British in 1704 and the 16-gun privateer Du Teillay.[37]

In early July, Charles boarded Du Teillay at Saint-Nazaire accompanied by seven companions later known as the "Seven Men of Moidart".[38] The most prominent was John O'Sullivan, an Irish exile and former French Army officer, who was Charles' chief advisor. After meeting Elizabeth, the two ships left for the Western Isles on 15 July but were intercepted four days out by the British warship HMS Lion. A four-hour battle left both Lion and Elizabeth so badly damaged they had to return to port. This was a major setback as Elizabeth carried most of the weapons and the Irish volunteers, but Du Teillay continued and Charles landed on Eriskay on 23 July.[39]

Lord George Murray, Jacobite military commander
Lord George Murray (ca 1715); Jacobite military commander

Many of those contacted on landing advised Charles to return to France, including MacDonald of Sleat and Norman MacLeod.[40] Enough were eventually persuaded, including the influential Donald Cameron of Lochiel, but the choice was rarely simple. Lochiel committed only when Charles provided 'security for the full value of his estate should the rising prove abortive;' MacLeod and Sleat refused to join the Rising but helped Charles escape after Culloden.[41]

On 19 August, the rebellion was launched with the raising of the Royal Standard at Glenfinnan; Charles now had a force of about 1,000, many of them Lochiel's tenants. The Jacobites advanced on Edinburgh, reaching Perth on 4 September where they were joined by more sympathisers, including Lord George Murray. Murray was an experienced soldier, previously pardoned by the government for his role in the 1715 and 1719 risings; he replaced O'Sullivan as commander due to his better understanding of Highland culture and spent the next week re-organising his forces.[42] Murray of Broughton allegedly told Charles of concerns about Lord George's loyalty, raising a suspicion that would have significant consequences later in the campaign.[43]

The senior government officer in Scotland, Lord President Duncan Forbes received confirmation of the landing on 9 August, which he forwarded to London.[44] The military commander, Sir John Cope, had only 3,000 soldiers, mostly untrained recruits, and initially could do little to suppress the rebellion. Forbes relied on his personal relationships instead and while he failed with Lochiel and Lord Lovat, others remained loyal to the government as a result, including the Earl of Sutherland, Clan Munro and Lord Fortrose.[45]

Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden, the senior government legal officer in Scotland.

On 17 September, Charles entered Edinburgh unopposed, although the Castle itself remained in government hands. The next day, James was proclaimed King of Scotland, with Charles as his Regent.[46] On 21 September, the Jacobites intercepted and scattered Cope's army in less than 30 minutes at the Battle of Prestonpans, just outside Edinburgh. Jacobite morale was given a further boost in mid-October, when they received a French shipment of money and weapons along with an envoy, the Marquis d'Eguilles.[47] At the same time, the British government recalled the commander of British forces in Flanders,the Duke of Cumberland to London, along with 12,000 troops.[48]

Lord Elcho, later recorded concerns among his fellow Scots at Charles' autocratic style and fears he was overly influenced by his Irish advisors.[49] This led to the establishment of a 'Prince's Council,' consisting of between 15–20 senior leaders.[b] Charles resented it as an unwarranted imposition by the Scots on their divinely appointed monarch, and the meetings accentuated deep divisions between the factions.[51]

These became particularly apparent in the meetings held on 30 and 31 October to discuss the invasion of England. The Scots wanted to consolidate their position and although willing to assist an English rising or French invasion, they would not do it on their own.[52] For the Irish exiles, only a Stuart on the British throne could provide the autonomous, Catholic Ireland promised by James II. Charles argued removing the Hanoverians was the best guarantee of an independent Scotland and thousands of supporters would join once they entered England, while the Marquis d'Eguilles assured the Council a French landing in England was imminent.[53]

Despite their doubts, the Council agreed to the invasion, on condition the promised English and French support was forthcoming.[c] Previous Scottish incursions into England had crossed the border at Berwick-upon-Tweed, but Murray selected a route via Carlisle and the North-West of England, areas that were strongly Jacobite in 1715. [55] The last elements of the Jacobite army left Edinburgh on 4 November and government forces under General Handasyde retook the city on 14th.[56]

Invasion of England[edit]

Hogarth's March of the Guards to Finchley
The March of the Guards to Finchley by William Hogarth; soldiers mustered to defend London against Jacobite forces

Murray divided the army into two columns to conceal their destination from General Wade, commander of government forces in Newcastle, and entered England on 8 November without opposition.[57] They reached Carlisle on 10 November; an important border fortress before the 1707 Union, the castle defences were now in poor condition, held by a garrison of 80 elderly veterans. Despite these deficiencies, without siege artillery the Jacobites would have to starve it into submission, an operation for which they had neither the equipment or time. It capitulated on 15 November, after learning Wade's relief force was delayed by snow and Cumberland wanted to execute those responsible for the surrender when he retook the city in December. [58]

Leaving a small garrison behind, the Jacobites continued south to Preston on 26 November, then Manchester on 28th, where they received the first notable intake of English recruits. 200-300 of these were formed into the Manchester Regiment, under the command of Francis Towneley; a member of a prominent Lancashire Catholic family, he and his brother John held commissions in the French Army, while his uncle Richard fought in the 1715 Rising.[59]

Derby; a statue of Charles Stuart commemorates the Jacobite army reaching the town in 1745

The army entered Derby on 4 December and the Council convened on 5th to discuss their next steps.[60] There was no sign of a French landing in England, and despite the large crowds that turned out to see them on the march south, only Manchester provided a significant number of recruits; Preston, a Jacobite stronghold in 1715, supplied three.[61] At Council meetings in Preston and Manchester, many senior Scots felt they had gone far enough and wanted to turn back. They agreed to continue only because Charles claimed Sir Watkin Williams Wynn would meet them at Derby and that the Duke of Beaufort was preparing to seize the strategic port of Bristol.[62]

Murray argued they had gone as far as possible and now risked being caught between two armies, each twice their size; that of Cumberland, advancing north from London and Wade's moving south from Newcastle. Charles was asked for news of Sir Watkin and Beaufort and now admitted he had not heard from the English Jacobites since leaving France; since this meant he lied when claiming otherwise, his relationship with the Scots was irretrievably damaged.[63] The views expressed in Edinburgh that they should consolidate their position in Scotland were reinforced by they learnt Scots and Irish regulars from the Royal Écossais and the Irish Brigade had been landed at Montrose, with large quantities of weapons, ammunition and money. The Council was overwhelmingly in favour of retreat and turned north the next day.[64]

While this has been debated ever since, contemporaries did not believe the Hanoverian regime would collapse, even if the Jacobites reached London.[65] The Council's decision to retreat was driven by the lack of English support, not proximity to the capital and its wisdom is supported by many modern historians.[66] The chief advantage held by the lightly-equipped Jacobite army was speed of movement but their lack of heavy weapons was a disadvantage if they had to fight. In a letter of 30 November, written by the Duke of Richmond, who was with Cumberland's army, he listed five possible options for the Jacobites, of which retreating to Scotland was by far the best for them and the worst for the government.[67]

The British government was concerned by reports of the duc de Richelieu assembling an invasion fleet at Dunkirk, but it is unclear how serious this was. Threatening an invasion was a far more cost-effective way to consume British resources than actually doing so, while Dunkirk was a major privateer base and thus always busy.[68] Richelieu finally cancelled these plans in January 1746.[69]

The biggest impact was on the relationship between Charles and his Scottish supporters, especially Murray, both sides now viewing the other with deep suspicion. Elcho later wrote that Murray believed they could have continued the war in Scotland "for several years", forcing the Crown to come to terms as its troops were desperately needed for the war on the Continent.[70]

The fast moving Jacobite army evaded pursuit with only a minor skirmish at Clifton Moor, crossing back into Scotland on 20 December. Cumberland's army arrived outside Carlisle on 22 December, and seven days later the garrison was forced to surrender, ending the Jacobite military presence in England. Much of the garrison came from the Manchester Regiment and several of the officers were later executed, including Francis Towneley.[71]

Road to Culloden[edit]

Stirling Castle; the Jacobites spent two months unsuccessfully besieging the strongest fort in Scotland

The invasion itself achieved little, but reaching Derby and returning was a considerable military achievement. Morale was high, recruits from the Frasers, Mackenzies and Gordons and reinforcement by Scottish and Irish regulars in French service bringing Jacobite strength to over 8,000.[72] French-supplied artillery was used to besiege Stirling Castle, the strategic key to the Highlands. On 17 January, the Jacobites dispersed a relief force under Henry Hawley at the Battle of Falkirk Muir but the siege itself made little progress.[73]

Hawley's forces were largely intact and advanced on Stirling again once Cumberland arrived in Edinburgh on 30 January. Many Highlanders went home for the winter and on 1 February, the siege was abandoned and the Jacobites retreated to Inverness.[74] Cumberland's army advanced along the coast, allowing it to be resupplied by sea, and entered Aberdeen on 27 February; both sides halted operations until the weather improved.[75]

Several French shipments were received during the winter but the Royal Navy's blockade led to shortages of both money and food and when Cumberland left Aberdeen on 8 April, Charles and his officers agreed giving battle was their best option. The traditional view is that the ground was poorly-chosen; this originates in post-war disputes between supporters of Murray and Sullivan, largely responsible for selecting it, but defeat was a combination of many factors.[76] In addition to supplies, numbers and equipment, these included tactics and training; during their time in Aberdeen, Cumberland's troops were intensively drilled in countering Highlander offensive tactics. These relied on an initial charge to break the enemy line; when successful, it resulted in rapid victories, such as Prestonpans and Falkirk but if it failed, they could not hold their ground.[77]

Ruthven Barracks; over 1,500 Jacobites assembled here after Culloden

With the Jacobites exhausted by an ill-advised night march, carried out in a failed attempt to surprise Cumberland's troops, the Battle of Culloden on 16 April was over in less than an hour. It ended in a decisive government victory; Charles and most of his personal retinue escaped northwards, while an estimated 1,500 survivors assembled at Ruthven Barracks.[78] On 20 April, Charles ordered them to disband; he argued that the French preferred an ongoing, low-level civil war to decisive victory and since this placed the burden of suffering on the Scots, they should disperse until he returned with additional support.[79] Lord Elcho later claimed to have told Charles he should "put himself at the head of the 9,000 men that remained to him, and live and die with them," but that Charles was determined to make for France. [80]

After evading capture in the Western Highlands, Charles was picked up by a French ship on 20 September; he never returned to Scotland but the collapse of the relationship with his Scottish supporters always made a second campaign unlikely. Even before Derby, Charles accused Murray and others of treachery; disappointment and heavy drinking made these outbursts more frequent, while the Scots no longer trusted his promises of support.[81]


Simon Fraser, Lord Lovat prior to his execution

After Culloden, government forces spent several weeks searching for rebels, confiscating cattle and burning non-juring Episcopalian and Catholic meeting houses.[82] French regulars were treated as POWs and exchanged, regardless of nationality, but 3,500 captured Jacobites were indicted for treason. 650 of these died awaiting trial, 120 were executed, including 40 British Army deserters and several officers from the Manchester Regiment, 900 pardoned and the rest transported.[83] The Jacobite lords Kilmarnock, Balmerino and Lovat were beheaded in April 1747, but public sympathies had shifted; Cumberland's insistence on severity earned him the nickname 'Butcher' among Jacobite sympathisers.[84]

Prince Charles in Highland dress, ca 1750

The 1747 Act of Indemnity pardoned most participants, including Flora MacDonald who helped Charles escape after Culloden; aristocratic sympathisers, including Cumberland's elder brother Frederick, Prince of Wales, collected over £1,500 for her.[85] Among those excluded were Lochiel, who died in France in 1748, Lord Elcho and Lord George Murray. Lochiel's younger brother Archibald Cameron, was the last executed on 7 June, 1753; he escaped into exile in 1746 but on returning to Scotland in March 1753, he was allegedly betrayed by members of his own clan.[86]

To prevent future rebellions, new forts were built, the military road network was finally completed and William Roy completed the first comprehensive survey of the Highlands.[87] Additional measures were taken to undermine the traditional clan system, which had been under severe stress even before 1745 due to changing economic conditions.[88] The Heritable Jurisdictions Act ended powers exercised by chiefs over their clansmen, while the Act of Proscription outlawed Highland dress unless worn in military service; its impact is debated and the law was repealed in 1782.[89]

Charles Edward Stuart as an old man

The Jacobite cause did not entirely disappear after 1746, but the exposure of the key factions' conflicting objectives ended it as a serious threat. Many Scots were disillusioned by Charles' leadership while areas in England that were strongly Jacobite in 1715 such as Northumberland and County Durham provided minimal support in 1745.[90] Irish Jacobite societies continued but increasingly reflected opposition to the existing order rather than affection for the Stuarts and were absorbed by the Republican United Irishmen.[91]

The Rebellion was the career highlight for both leaders; Cumberland resigned from the Army in 1757 and died of a stroke in 1765. Charles was initially treated as a hero on his return to Paris but the Stuarts were once again barred from France by the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle. Henry Stuart's entry into the Catholic Church in June 1747 was seen as tacit acceptance that the Jacobites were finished and Charles never forgave him.[92] He continued his attempts to reignite the cause, including a secret visit to London in 1750 and met with French Chief Minister de Choiseul in 1759 to discuss another invasion but Choiseul dismissed him as incapable through drink.[93]

Despite the urgings of Henry Stuart, Pope Clement XIII refused to recognise his brother as Charles III after their father died in 1766.[94] He died of a stroke in Rome in January 1788, a disappointed and embittered man.[95]


Modern commentators argue that the traditional focus on 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' obscures the true legacy of the Rising and that since nationalism was a key driver for many Scottish Jacobites, it forms part of an ongoing political idea, not the last act of a doomed cause and culture.[96] The Jacobite Army is often portrayed as largely composed of Gaelic-speaking Highlanders; while predominantly Scottish, it also contained significant numbers of French and Irish regulars, as well as the English Manchester Regiment. Many were Highlanders but some of the most effective units came from the Lowlands, thus making it a Scottish force, not simply Highland.[97] This confusion still exists; in 2013, the Culloden Visitors Centre listed Lowland regiments such as Lord Elcho's and Balmerino's Life Guards, Baggot's Hussars and Viscount Strathallan’s Perthshire Horse as 'Highland Horse'.[98]

Charles Stuart, romantic icon; from A History of Scotland by HE Marshall published 1907

After 1745, Highlanders were converted into a noble warrior race, rather than 'Wyld wykkd Helandmen', racially and culturally inferior to other Scots.[99] For decades before 1745, rural poverty drove many to enlist in European armies. While military experience was common, the military aspects of clanship itself had been in decline for many years.[100] Foreign service was banned in 1745 and recruitment into the British Army accelerated as deliberate policy.[101] Victorian imperial administrators reinforced this idea by their policy of recruiting from so-called 'martial races,' with groups like Highlanders, Sikhs, Dogras and Gurkhas arbitrarily identified as sharing military virtues.[102]

Cumberland's nephew George IV in Highland dress, Edinburgh 1822

Efforts to reconcile a Scottish Jacobite past with the Unionist present meant focusing on a shared cultural identity, the study of Scottish history itself virtually disappearing from universities until the 1950s.[103] The creation of a distinctive Scottish literary tradition began as a reaction to Union by Scots vernacular poets like Allan Ramsay.[104] This was continued by Robert Burns, while others including James MacPherson looked back to a distant past that was both Scottish and Gaelic. In the early 19th century, Sir Walter Scott recast the Rising and its aftermath as a shared Unionist history; in his novel Waverley, the hero is an Englishman who fights for the Stuarts, rescues a Hanoverian Colonel and finally rejects a romantic Highland beauty in favour of the daughter of a Lowland aristocrat.[105] This allowed Cumberland's nephew George IV to be painted in 1822 wearing Highland dress of his own design.[106]

Perspectives were also shaped by 19th-century Scottish art; until the 1860s, the Highlands were portrayed by artists like Horatio McCulloch as wild, remote places largely empty of people.[107] This was gradually replaced by the so-called 'Jacobite Romantic' artists who focused on events from the past, such as John Blake MacDonald's 1879 painting Glencoe, 1692.[108] It culminated in the Victorian inventions of Burns Suppers, Highland Games and tartans and the adoption by a largely Protestant nation of romantic Catholic icons Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.[109]

In popular culture[edit]

The Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1814 to commemorate the Rebellion

In 1969, an episode of the BBC TV science-fiction series Doctor Who featured the 1745 Rising, which American author Diana Gabaldon later claimed inspired her Outlander novels.[110][non-primary source needed] Towneley's execution is the backdrop to the 2007 children book, How the Hangman Lost His Heart, while in addition to Scott's Waverley novels, other books that feature the Rebellion include Robert Louis Stevenson's novels Kidnapped and Catriona and D.K. Broster's Jacobite trilogy, also made into a series of plays for the BBC programme 'Children's Hour' between 1959 and 1961.[citation needed]

While not strictly related to the '45 Rising, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is a series written by British children's author Joan Aiken, set in an alternative 18th-century Britain where James II was never deposed and his son James III battles pro-Hanoverian conspiracies.[citation needed]

Significant screen versions include Peter Watkins' 1964 docu-drama Culloden, and the 1948 big-screen version, Bonnie Prince Charlie. This starred David Niven, who summarised it as 'one of those huge, florid extravaganzas that reek of disaster from the start.'[citation needed]

Musical references to the '45 are numerous, both in bagpipe music (e.g. Johnnie Cope) and in song; the most famous is the Skye Boat Song but there are many others, one collection being the 1960 album Songs of Two Rebellions: The Jacobite Wars of 1715 and 1745 in Scotland by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. In Argentina, Luca Prodan, the singer of the 80's rock band Sumo, composed the song "Crua chan" in reference to the 1745 events.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Summarised in a British intelligence report of 1755; '..'tis not in the interest of France that the House of Stuart should ever be restored, as it would only unite the three Kingdoms against Them; England would have no exterior (threat) to mind, ...and prevent any of its Descendants (ie the Stuarts) attempting anything against the Libertys or Religion of the People.'[9]
  2. ^ Elcho reported that besides himself, the Council included Perth, Lord George Murray; Sheridan, Murray of Broughton, O'Sullivan, Lochiel, Keppoch, Clanranald, Glencoe, Ardsheal and Lochgarry.[50]
  3. ^ In his Diary, Lord Elcho later wrote that "...the majority of the Council was not in favour of a march to England and urged that they should remain in Scotland to watch events and defend their own land. This was also the opinion in secret of the Marquis d‘Eguilles; but the wishes of the Prince prevailed."[54]


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External links[edit]

  • The Jacobite Rebellion, BBC Radio 4 discussion with Murray Pittock, Stana Nenadic & Allan Macinnes (In Our Time, May 8, 2003).