Jacobite Stories


The Jacobite period in Scottish history is often romanticised and the tales of a dashing Bonnie Prince Charlie hiding in the heather as he traipsed across the Highlands are simply not borne out by the records. In this book, which details the main Jacobite risings of 1689, 1715 and 1745, Dane Love reveals that it was a bloody time, when Scot fought Scot, and both sides were responsible for destroying the lives of many innocent people. The Jacobites were responsible for ethnic cleansing in parts of Perthshire, and ...
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The Jacobite period in Scottish history is often romanticised and the tales of a dashing Bonnie Prince Charlie hiding in the heather as he traipsed across the Highlands are simply not borne out by the records. In this book, which details the main Jacobite risings of 1689, 1715 and 1745, Dane Love reveals that it was a bloody time, when Scot fought Scot, and both sides were responsible for destroying the lives of many innocent people. The Jacobites were responsible for ethnic cleansing in parts of Perthshire, and the Hanoverians carried out similar atrocities when they harried the homes of those who had taken part in the Battle of Culloden, the last to be fought on British soil.

But what exactly was the Jacobite era? In 1688 the Glorious Revolution saw the arrival of William of Orange at Torbay in Devon to claim the throne of Great Britain for the protestant cause. The previous king, James VII of Scotland (and II of England) had converted to Roman Catholicism. It was feared that he was planning to restore that faith as the established religion in England and Scotland. James had to flee to France thus forfeiting the throne. His followers became known as Jacobites.

James's son, James Francis Edward Stuart, was his heir and attempted to reclaim the crown soon after his father's death. Known as the 'Old Pretender', he tried on various occasions to claim the crown, but in 1716 fled for Rome, never to return again. His son took up the reins of the cause and so commenced the last and most serious Jacobite rising of 1745. Prince Charles Edward Stewart landed in the Western Isles and commenced a campaign that nearly saw the return of the Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain. It has oftenbeen speculated that had the Jacobites not given up their march on London at Derby, they might well have won the crown. History records, however, that the Jacobites seem to have suffered numerous lost opportunities and this was one of the greatest. The Highlanders returned north and were eventually defeated at Culloden.

Before escaping abroad Charles spent months in hiding in the highlands and islands, meeting folk who have become celebrated in Scots history, like Flora MacDonald. In this unique account Dane Love recounts the tales of all the main characters, as well as many of the lesser-known Jacobites who played their parts. As an introduction to a complex period of Scottish history, this book is indispensable.

About the Author:
Dane Love works as a teacher at Irvine Royal Academy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903238868
  • Publisher: Wilson, Neil Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/10/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     xi
Bonnie Dundee's Highland Campaign     1
Viscount Dundee
Persecution of Covenanters
Raises standard at Dundee
Around Highlands
Rallying support for Jacobites
Battle of Killiecrankie     9
The battle
Death of Dundee
Fight Against Madmen     16
Battle in Dunkeld
William Cleland
Battle of Cromdale
Retreat to Highlands
Bobbin' John     21
John Erskine, Earl of Mar
Meeting at Invercauld
Standard raised in Braemar
'Black Jock' Forbes
Perth taken
Some Say That We Wan     28
Battle of Sheriffmuir
Pretender arrives at Peterhead
Colin MacKenzie of Kildun
Several Losses and Sufferings     35
Perthshire laid waste
Northumberland Rising     46
Mackintosh of Borlum
Earl of Derwentwater
Battle of Preston     52
Lancaster taken
Battle of Preston
Escape from Newgate
Battle of Glenshiel     55
Spanish fleet arrives in Scotland
Eilean Donan castle taken
Battle of Glenshiel
Castle attacked by Hanoverians and blown up
Alexander Robertson of Struan     59
His part in 1689 Rising
Joined 1715 Rising
Joined Prince Charles
Sent home in style from Prestonpans
Prince's Strand     62
Prince Charles sails for Scotland
Lands on Eriskay
The Prince's flower
AlexanderMacDonald of Boisdale
The Seven Men of Moidart     66
Seven supporters of Charles
Preparations for raising of standard
Various supporters
The Rout of the High Bridge     69
Soldiers mobilised
Donald MacDonell of Tirnadris
Skirmish at High Bridge
Prisoners taken to Glenfinnan
Raising the standard in Glenfinnan     72
Clans finally arrive at Glenfinnan
Cameron support
March eastwards to Locheil
Over the Corrieyairack     76
Raid on Ruthven
Cluny Castle attacked
Blair Castle
Great Disturbance in the Country     83
March south
Panic in Edinburgh
Jacobites enter city
John Gordon of Glenbuchat     90
Veteran of Risings
Raises support
The Four-Minute Battle - Prestonpans     92
Cope lands at Dunbar
Jacobites head east
The battle
Edinburgh     96
Edinburgh re-entered
Raids from castle
Jacobite support expands
The March to England     99
March through the Borders
Split at Jedburgh
Dumfries folk rob baggage train
Taking Carlisle     104
Carlisle attacked
Provisions gathered
South to Derby     108
March through Lancaster and Preston
Arrive in Manchester
Manchester Regiment
South to Derby
The Skirmish of Inverurie     113
Hanoverians in Aberdeenshire
Battle of Inverurie
Donald Ban MacCrimmon
The Retreat North     118
Black Friday
Homes robbed
Skirmishes at Manchester
Ellel Moor and Clifton Moor
Manchester Regiment holds Carlisle Castle
This Set of Ruffians     123
March through Dumfriesshire
Lowther Hills
The prince in Glasgow
Kilsyth and Stirling
Most Singular and Extraordinary Combat     131
Battle of Falkirk
The prince in Falkirk
Glengarry killed
Stirling to Inverness     138
St Ninian's Church
Blair Castle
Skirmish at Moy
Arrival at Inverness
Fort Augustus taken
Culloden     146
Jacobites propose attack on Hanoverians
Surprise attack abandoned
Forces meet on Culloden Moor
Hanoverian brutality
Old Glenbuchat
Aftermath of Culloden     153
Hanoverians search for Jacobites
Jacobite homes attacked
Captain Fergusson
Burning of homes
Churches destroyed
The Prisoners     167
Executions at Carlisle
Further persecutions
The Dispersal     172
Jacobites gather at Ruthven
Search for Jacobites
West Highland Wanderings     176
Prince Charles in hiding
Western Isles     179
Prince in Benbecula
South Uist
Battle of Loch nan Uamh     186
French ships and a navy battle
Loch Arkaig treasure
Flora MacDonald     188
Flora MacDonald
Charles heads to meet her
Soldiers hot on the trail
Charles and Flora sail to Skye
In a Cold Country     196
The prince returns to Skye
Wanderings in Morar     200
The prince sails to Morar
MacKinnon captured
Charles hides in caves
The Seven Men of Glen Moriston     204
Jacobite group attack soldiers
Guard the prince and deliver him to Cameron of Lochiel
Roderick MacKenzie
Cluny's Cage     210
Prince Charles joins Lochiel
Cluny's Cage
The prince heads west
Leaves Scotland for the last time
Cluny MacPherson     214
MacPherson wanted
Goes into hiding
Moves to France
Lord Pitsligo     217
Pitsligo's support for cause
Lord Pitsligo's Cave
Various escapes
The Jacobites captured     221
Donald MacLeod
George Murray
Murray of Broughton
Jenny Cameron
The Appin Murder     224
Forfeited estates
Colin Campbell appointed factor
Campbell shot
James Stewart executed
The Last Execution     228
Archibald Cameron
Travels with Prince
Loch Arkaig treasure
Dr Cameron imprisoned
Execution at Tyburn
Last of the Rebels     233
Peter Grant
Part in rebellion
George IV awards pension
Bibliography     236
Index     239
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