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British Histories and Scottish Myths

Murray Pittock

in The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748627561
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627561.003.0007
British Histories and Scottish Myths

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This chapter discusses British histories and Scottish myths. It notes that this book is the second edition of the Myth of the Jacobite Clans which extended the base primary documentary evidence to examine in more detail the case made in 1995 with respect to the Rising of 1745. It deepens the discussion of the reasons why British historiography has kept Jacobitism on the margins for so long. It looks in more detail at the military organization and effectiveness of the 1745 Rising, and its presence in individual localities and networks, particularly in the light of the case for Hanoverian localism in Scotland. It re-examines the case for the '45 as a ‘national’ Rising. It addresses the question of the sources and nature of Jacobite weaponry, and it presents examples of how the historiography of the Myth has developed — or rather, remained undeveloped — in its anaphora of romance and neglect.

Keywords: British histories; Scottish myths; Rising of 1745; Jacobitism; Hanoverian localism

Chapter.  12115 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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