It is with profound
sadness that I have to inform you that the
Editor of the Jacobite, Brian Whiting,
passed away on Wednesday, 4 October, apparently as a consequence of
undetected complications arising from his
recent whiplash injury and subsequent fall.
It is believed that a post-mortem will be
carried out, and further news will be
advised as it becomes available.
At this sad and
difficult time, I celebrate Brian's life and
remember the good times, whether they be the
songs and laughter at Derby, regaling us as
we travelled through the piazzas of Rome, or
in London just two weeks ago when he was as
ebullient and cheerful as ever.
Recently, drawing on his
immense knowledge of Jacobite poems and
songs, Brian was able to provide me with the
complete poems of John Roy Stuart, with whom
(in my mind's eye) he shared some
similarities – a swashbuckling, devil may
care Jacobite with the heart of a warrior
and the soul of a poet. Not many of
John Roy's poems have survived, and all but
one were composed in Gaelic; but last month
I came across a French translation of a
lament that he wrote for a lady who had
passed before her time, the words of which
seem appropriate at this sad moment.
Si le chagrin mêle aux
Vos larmes, gens de
Si de la lune dans la
Le jour a la pâleur,
Si sous la pluie, la
Si tout n'est que
C'est bien qu'en proie
L'univers est en pleurs.
The literal translation
of which is:
If distress mixes with
Of your tears, broken
If from the moon through
The day has a pallor,
If under the rain, the
if everything is only
it's just because we're
overwhelmed with helplessness,
And the universe is
Requiescat in Pace.
Brian's family has requested privacy, so any tributes etc should be
through the Association rather than directly
to the family.
Thursday, December 7,
2017 from 5:45–6:30 PM:
Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street Edinburgh. Gallery No 4 (The Wolfson Gallery). Michael Nevin, Chairman of the 1745 Association, will give a talk on ‘The Decline and Fall of the House of Stuart, 1700-1750’, to mark the anniversary of the fateful Council of War held in
Derby on December 5, 1745 when the Jacobite high command decided to turn back to Scotland. The talk will draw on clues contained in the portraits of the main protagonists displayed in the gallery to explain what happened during that tumultuous half century.
More 2017 events on the