Jacobite Storiesby Dane Love
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
- Wilson, Neil Publishing
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