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Jacobites in the Localities, 1745–60

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/9780748627561.003.0013
Jacobites in the Localities, 1745–60

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This chapter addresses the question of Jacobites in the localities, seeking to take into account the important contribution of Chris Whatley and Bob Harris, whose work on the primary sources commanded respect. It reports that in 1720, there were serious meal riots, particularly at Elie, though any linkage of these to Jacobitism remains obscure, and Christopher Whatley has rightly pointed out a lack of explicit ‘dynastic disloyalty’ in the riots; however, there was clear discontent with the post-Union taxation system and the deteriorating economic position of the east coast ports, and these were politically volatile, if not clearly Jacobite protests.

Keywords: Jacobites; localities; Chris Whatley; Bob Harris; Jacobitism; riots; taxation system; east coast ports

Chapter.  12375 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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