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It is the intention of  the Association to provide a Members Only section to the site which will contain interesting articles,

information and other items that you will only gain access to as a subscribed member of the 1745 Association.

Until such time, articles approved for sharing will be published here.

From Jacobite To ‘Judas’? A Re-Assessment Of The Reputation Of ‘Pickle The Spy’ AKA Alistair Ruadh MacDonell, 13th Chief Of Glengarry

In September of 2022 Samantha MacLaren, an undergraduate at the University of Wales, contacted the 1745 Association seeking information relating to the death of Young Glengarry in Falkirk in January 1746.  This was in connection with a dissertation she was writing about his older brother Alistair Ruadh MacDonell who was an active Jacobite during the ’45 and became the 13th Chief of the MacDonells of Glengarry on the death of his father John in 1754.  Our member Glen MacDonald duly provided some assistance and she has since shared her completed and very interesting work with the Association.  The dissertation seeks to examine the motivations behind Alistair Ruadh MacDonell’s conversion from ardent Jacobite during the ’45 to his secret turncoat role after the Rising as the Hanoverian government informant known as “Pickle the Spy”, and in particular his betrayal of the Elibank Plot of 1752.

The document can be accessed by clicking here.

Prince Charles' escape through the Redcoat lines July 1745

This article was originally available through our previous website incarnation and the author, our current treasurer Peter D Brown, has kindly made this available again for visitors to our site.

The document can be accessed by clicking here.




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