The Jacobite Cult

Murray G. H. Pittock

in Scottish History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780748614196
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653317 | DOI:
The Jacobite Cult

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The ‘Tartan Curtain’, ‘Balmoralisation’, ‘Scotch Myths’, and so on are all terms which have been used to emphasise the scope and profundity of the influence of the tartan cult after 1800, or more precisely 1822, the occasion of George IV's visit to Scotland. They are also words which have been used as a currency of scorn, indicative of the perceived factitiousness of the process they are describing. It is said that presenting Scotland as essentially ‘Highland’ is a nineteenth-century fabrication; that such fabrication trivialised Scottish history, and, by trivialising it, marginalised it. To reclaim the underlying historicity of Scotland, it is thus necessary to exorcize the influence of the villains who invented this particular system of cultural representation, shortbread-tin Scotland. This chapter describes the different, though comparable, mania that has driven the supporters of the Jacobite cult. Posterity has invented a bewildering array of uses for the Jacobites ranging from the inspirational to the downright bizarre.

Keywords: Jacobite cult; tartan cult; Scottish history

Chapter.  7663 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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