The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

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:
The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

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This chapter examines the composition of the Jacobite armies in detail, reinforcing the demonstrably Lowland character of many of their troops as identified by Daniel Szechi, Christopher Duffy, and Frank McLynn. It observes that accounts of the Jacobite Risings which portray them as marginal ‘Highland’ affairs have an evident interest in minimising the size of the forces raised by the Jacobites in Scotland in 1715 and 1745, as well as rendering them atypical in other ways: for example, in respect of recruitment, training, organisation, or military equipment. It notes that the Myth of the Jacobite Clans sustains itself by ‘othering’ all these aspects of the Jacobite war machine, setting them up as marginal and oppositional to traditional British military practice and, therefore, making them appear outmoded, amateurish, or barbarous.

Keywords: Jacobite armies; Lowland; Daniel Szechi; Christopher Duffy; Frank McLynn; Jacobite Risings; Highland; Scotland; Jacobite Clans; British military

Chapter.  19279 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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