The Jacobite Risings

Jacobite Risings
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The Jacobite Risings were a series of uprisings, rebellions, and wars in Britain and Ireland occurring between 1688 and 1746. The uprisings were aimed at returning James VII of Scotland and II of England, and later his descendants of the House of Stuart, to the throne after he was deposed by Parliament during the Glorious Revolution. The series of conflicts takes its name from Jacobus, the Latin form of James.

The major Jacobite Risings were called the Jacobite Rebellions by the ruling governments. The “First Jacobite Rebellion” and “Second Jacobite Rebellion” were known respectively as “The Fifteen” and “The Forty-Five”, after the years in which they occurred (1715 and 1745). Although each Jacobite Rising had unique features, they were part of a larger series of military campaigns by Jacobites attempting to restore the Stuart kings to the thrones of Scotland and England (and after 1707, Great Britain). James VII of Scotland and II of England was deposed in 1688 and the thrones were claimed by his daughter Mary II jointly with her husband, the Dutch-born William of Orange.

After the House of Hanover succeeded to the British throne in 1714, the risings continued, and intensified. They continued until the last Jacobite Rebellion (“the Forty-Five”), led by Charles Edward Stuart (the Young Pretender), who was soundly defeated at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. This ended any realistic hope of a Stuart restoration.

Links to Old Books on the Jacobite Risings

Rebellion of 1715

A collection of original letters and authentick papers, relating to the Rebellion 1715 (Published 1730)
The history of the rebellion in the year 1715, by Robert Patten (Published 1745)
History of the Burgh of Dumfries &c, by William McDowall, 1867

Rebellion of 1745

History of the rebellion of 1745-6 By Robert Chambers (New edition, 1869)
A compleat history of the Rebellion: from its first rise, in 1745, to its suppression at the glorious battle of Culloden in April 1746, by James Ray of Whitehaven (published 1749)
History of the Burgh of Dumfries &c, by William McDowall, 1867

General Histories

Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745, Volume 1, by Mrs Thomson
Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745, Volume 2, by Mrs Thomson
Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745, Volume 3, by Mrs Thomson

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