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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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Nationalists or Jacobites?

Nationalists or Jacobites?

(p.140) 4 Nationalists or Jacobites?
The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

Murray Pittock

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter returns to the question of whether '45 can be said to have had ‘national’ quality. It notes that the idea that Jacobites were improvers (Mackintosh of Borlum, Lockhart), economists (John Law, Sir James Steuart), ecumenists (Alexander, Lord Forbes, George Flint), significant Enlightenment thinkers (Andrew Ramsay), or nationalists has been slow to penetrate the general historiography of the eighteenth century, despite the work of Frank McLynn, Paul Monod, Allan Macinnes, and many others. It observes that in the Jacobite era, divergent political goals are held to imply ‘backwardness’, though this is demonstrably inapplicable in many cases.

Keywords:   Mackintosh of Borlum, Lockhart, John Law, Sir James Steuart, Alexander, Lord Forbes, George Flint, Enlightenment, Andrew Ramsay

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