What is a Highlander, What was a Jacobite?

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:
What is a Highlander, What was a Jacobite?

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This chapter defines the concepts of ‘Highlander’ and ‘Jacobite’ as regards the arguments of this study: for one of the best excuses sloppy historical treatment of the '45 has had is the way in which these terms, which ought to be precise and of record, have themselves become vague in use. It typically notes that the word ‘Highlander’ serves as shorthand for a confusion of three concepts: geographical/geological; linguistic; and social. It also notes that modern histories find secure definitions of the Highlands difficult, and contemporary documentation on the Jacobite Risings also not infrequently showed similar confusion on the question of what constitutes a Highlander.

Keywords: Highlander; Jacobite; Highlands; Jacobite Risings

Chapter.  14077 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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