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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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British Histories and Scottish Myths

British Histories and Scottish Myths

(p.1) Introduction British Histories and Scottish Myths
The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

Murray Pittock

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses British histories and Scottish myths. It notes that this book is the second edition of the Myth of the Jacobite Clans which extended the base primary documentary evidence to examine in more detail the case made in 1995 with respect to the Rising of 1745. It deepens the discussion of the reasons why British historiography has kept Jacobitism on the margins for so long. It looks in more detail at the military organization and effectiveness of the 1745 Rising, and its presence in individual localities and networks, particularly in the light of the case for Hanoverian localism in Scotland. It re-examines the case for the '45 as a ‘national’ Rising. It addresses the question of the sources and nature of Jacobite weaponry, and it presents examples of how the historiography of the Myth has developed — or rather, remained undeveloped — in its anaphora of romance and neglect.

Keywords:   British histories, Scottish myths, Rising of 1745, Jacobitism, Hanoverian localism

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