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Association Talk - 31st December 2020 via Zoom
The birth of Prince Charles Edward Stuart on 31 December (New Style) 1720 gives the 1745 Association an opportunity to embark on a new venture.
The Association will invite members who have provided an email address to a series of short talks, conducted by Zoom, on a specific aspect of the Rising. We intend to begin with an examination of a plaque erected by the Association but other aspects of the Rising will be included as we progress.
The first talk, on the history behind the plaque commemorating the death of Young Glengarry, will be offered by our member Glen MacDonald. The plaque may be found outside the Old Church in Falkirk and was erected in 2018.
The talk will begin at 1pm GMT on 31 December 2020. The “virtual doors” will open at 12:45pm.
A link to the appropriate Zoom meeting will be sent to members using our Google Group email system no later than 24 hours beforehand. It is not necessary for participants to have Zoom downloaded on their devices although those not familiar with Zoom might want to do so in order to become familiar with it.
Tercentenary of the birth of Prince Charles Edward Stuart - The Scotsman Feature - Dec 31st
The Association have been advised that there will be a feature in the Scotsman on December 31, 2020 to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, written by Alison Campsie, who is probably the best informed and most rigorous journalist writing on historic issues in Scotland today.
Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust - 300th Birthday of Charles Edward Stuart Lecture
Our friends at, 'the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust, are putting on a digital lecture to mark the 300th birthday of Charles Edward Stuart.
This will be on Dec 20th @ 20:00.
If you would like to attend, it is free. Please click on the link below to register.
Three hundred years after the birth of Charles Edward Stuart, we take a look at who the "bonnie prince" really was, what he hoped to achieve in 1745, and how he has been presented and portrayed ever since.
The talk will be presented by Dr Arran Johnston, executive trustee of the Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust.
First 1745 Association Journal
The first edition of what has evolved into The Jacobite was published in 1954, at a price of two shillings, under the editorship of Dr George Pratt Insh CBE, under the title Transactions of the Forty-Five Association (click the link to read). A second edition under his editorship was published in 1956.
Dr Insh was a distinguished historian in his own right, and these early editions have a definite academic flavour, including as they do scholarly papers by other leading historians of the day, including Sir Charles Petrie, Vice-President of the Association, on "Ireland and 45" and Cyril Hughes Hartmann on "Naval Operations in the 45"
Our present chairman Mike Nevin states:
"Even in these early editions, three key characteristics were in evidence:
an emphasis on first-hand evidence provided by the writings of participants in the Rising of 1745, with letters from Lord George Murray to his wife dating from the 1730s and 1740s published in the first two editions;
an emphasis on previously under-researched aspects of the Rising; and
a particular interest in the lives and destinies of individuals caught up in the Rising – from the beginning, the journal focused on the social and cultural history of the ‘45, rather than political, economic or military events, although these were also covered.”
2020 AGM - Chairman's Report
Following the 2020 AGM of The 1745 Association, which was held on Saturday 5th September remotely over the web, you can listen to the Chairman's report on our Audio/Video page, where you will also find the 2019 report.
2020 - Book Recommendations
Further to queries from members regarding a book list pertaining to Jacobite learning and general reading, which was available on the old website, the Council reached out to members for their recommendations of their Top 3 "Jacobite" related books.
Following an encouraging response, we have now compiled a list of the Top 12 "Jacobite" related books as voted for by the membership.
You can access the list through this link. Thanks you to all who contributed and happy reading.
2021 Gathering - Florence
Members will be pleased to hear that the Florence Gathering, originally scheduled for October 2020, has now been rescheduled to take place from Thursday 13th May to Sunday 16th May 2021.
Full details of the proposed itinerary can be found in the attached document here and will be published in a forthcoming edition of "The Jacobite". Those who have not already noted interest can contact The Association via the usual channels.
The Gathering is open to Members Only. Why not Join NOW and secure your place !!
Proposed Battle of Falkirk Muir Visitor Centre
Our member Roddy Tulloch and his team have prepared a prospectus for the proposed Battle of Falkirk Muir Visitor Centre which may be of interest to our members and others.
The prospectus can be viewed HERE.
BBC Sounds - Culloden
Members may be interested in listening to “From Our Own Correspondent” broadcast on 27th April 2020 on BBC Radio 4 between 1130 & 1230. 5 minutes and 49 seconds into the programme there is a piece on the cancellation of the ceremony at Culloden and general Jacobite matters. The 1745 Association gets a mention which includes the proposed trip to Florence.
Thanks to our Chairman, Michael Nevin.
The programme is available on BBC Sounds.
Social Media Update - Twitter
The 1745 Associaton are now on Twitter. Follow us for up to date news on events, updates and an "on this day" feature of pertinent events during the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46. Click on the Twitter icon below or this link.
The Story of Killiecrankie Battlefield and Transport Scotland's plan to destroy its heart
A very interesting and informative video in the link on our "Audio / Video" page.
This is about the proposed road works that Transport Scotland are looking to dual the A9 through the Battlfield of Killicrankie. They are proposing to duel the south side of the existing road which will destroy the most important part of the Battlefield.
The aim is to get to get them to change their plans and dual the north side of the A9 which would have much less impact on the battlefield.
Further information can be found at the following website: https://www.soldiersofkilliecrankie.co.uk/
Press Release by The 1745 Association
RELEASE DATE MONDAY JANUARY 13TH 2020
The 1745 Association Reiterates its Opposition to Dualling the A9 at Killiecrankie
As the Enquiry into the dualling of the A9 commences at Pitlochry today, the 1745 Association reiterates its concerns about the threat it poses to the Killiecrankie battlefield.
“We are respectfully asking the Reporter to consider all feasible options for the A9, not just those put forward by Transport for Scotland, in order to avoid irreparable and irreversible damage to one of Scotland’s most important battlefield sites,” said Association Chairman Michael Nevin. “As a professional economist, I seriously question whether a rigorous cost-benefit analysis would support the dualling of the A9 at Killiecrankie at all. Do we really want to encourage more cars, travelling ever-increasing speeds, on our our arterial roads? Surely the priority of an environmentally responsible transport policy should be to encourage greater use of rail and bus services, combined with regulating road traffic to travel at steady and sustainable speeds and so minimise the damaging effect that vehicle emissions are having on global warming.”
Mr Nevin suggests that the optimal strategy for the A9 would involve maintaining the existing single carriageway at the Pass of Killiecrankie, combined with selective dualling on stretches before and after enabling motorists to overtake slower moving vehicles safely.
“At Killiecrankie, a far more cost-effective option would involve maintaining the existing single carriageway, adding a lay-by and enhancing battlefield interpretation to encourage passing travellers by bus, coach and car to pause and reflect on an important moment in Scottish history,” said Mr Nevin.
The 1745 Association formally wrote to the Director of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS) of Transport Scotland on January 20th 2018 setting out its objections to their proposals. “We reiterate our objections today as the Enquiry commences. TfL’s cosmetic changes to their original proposals do nothing to allay our concerns,” stated Mr Nevin. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Scottish Battlefields Trust, the local community group Soldiers of Killiecrankie, our friends in The Fifteen (the Northumbrian Jacobite Society) and many others who share our fundamental concerns about these proposals. I am confident that the Reporter will give full and detailed consideration to all options, and we wish him well in his important Enquiry.”
Proposed Constitution of the 1745 Association SCIO
Following a decision at the 2019 AGM to convert the Association from a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) into a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), the latest proposed Constitution is available for reference here. Any comments regarding the content should be raised via the form on the Contact Us page.
The Battle of Glen Shiel - 300 Years On!
You may be aware that our Chairman, Mike Nevin, gave a talk entitled "The Battle of Glen Shiel - 300 Years On!" at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Monday, June 10th, the 300th anniversary of the battle, drawing on Peter Tillemans' great painting of the battle to explain what happened there.
The talk was covered by the journalist Jody Harrison, who wrote a piece on the battle for the Herald on Sunday. The article published on June 16th can be read via https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17709329.the-forgotten-battle-of-scotland/
As this article was not written by the Association any inaccuracies are out of our control.
Association Library at Callendar House, Falkirk
If you wish to access the association library, in addition to phoning in advance, anyone wishing to use the library should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org stating when they would like to use the library (date) and ideally which journals or books they would like to access, so that the archive staff can be prepared accordingly and have everything ready for them.