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The Myth of the Jacobite ClansThe Jacobite Army in 1745$
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Murray Pittock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627561

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627561.001.0001

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The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

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The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

Murray Pittock

Edinburgh University Press

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

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