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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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Jacobites in the Localities, 1745–60

Jacobites in the Localities, 1745–60

(p.110) 3 Jacobites in the Localities, 1745–60
The Myth of the Jacobite Clans

Murray Pittock

Edinburgh University Press

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

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