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1745 Association Event: Financing a Revolution - the untold story of the Rising of 1745


On December 5th 1745: the Jacobite army under Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Derby, just 120 miles north of London.

On December 5th 2019 we will commemorate the high point of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 in a tour starting on the third floor of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh under the Culloden banners at the "Scotland Transformed" display.


The event is free and open to all, and tickets are available at:


It will start on the 3rd floor of the Royal Museum at the standard of Barrel's regiment and the Stewart of Appin regimental banner display.


The programme:


The untold story of the ‘45.  Michael Nevin, Chairman of The 1745 Association, tells the story that is left out of the history books – that the real reason that the Rising of 1745 finally failed was simply because the Jacobites ran out of money.  As the Jacobite soldiers engaged in their final battle on a bitterly cold morning at Culloden, they were starving, penniless, poorly armed and exhausted after an abortive night march on Nairn.  Prince Charlie's most loyal right-hand man, Col John William O'Sullivan, concluded in his narrative that “Nobody that knows anything about military matters could imagine that six or seven thousand men, who for so long had suffered without money or food, and who had been discouraged and harassed as they had been two days before, could resist in a ranged battle against twice that number of regular troops that wanted for nothing.”

In this half-hour tour, we draw on the narrative of O'Sullivan, who as Quartermaster-General of the Jacobite Army was responsible for its supplies, and on the magnificent exhibits in the Royal Museum to tell the remarkable story of how the Rising was financed, and the roles played in it by the Hanoverian Royal Bank of Scotland and its first cashier, John Campbell, and by the Jacobite Bank of Scotland.



We will then take our leave of the museum, and take a short walk to the site of the Old Mercat Cross, on the city's famous Royal Mile, where Kevin Smith will continue with the following stories.

A.  The proclamation of Bonnie Prince Charlie's father James, as the rightful king of Great Britain, September 1745.

B.  The burning of the Jacobite banners captured at Culloden in April 1746.

C. A minutes silence by the Assocation’s members and guests, in remembrance of the fallen of both sides of the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46.


1:40 PM (APPROX).

We will then disperse, and those wishing to continue in conversation and friendship are cordially invited to join members of our Association's Council at the famous Deacon Brodies pub on the Royal Mile.


Our new eJacobite membership will be available with 1745 Association six-petalled White Rose lapel badge under a special Christmas Offer Deal - £7 for both for 2020!


After lunch, you then may wish to go Christmas shopping in Auld Reekie along the Royal Mile or Princes Street!!”

Remembering Dunkeld

"Remembering Dunkeld.: The video of a commemorative event organised by The 1745 Association to help raise awareness and understanding of a cathartic moment in Scottish and British history.  In August 1689, a Jacobite Army supporting the restoration of King James VII and II met a Williamite Army at Dunkeld in the Scottish Highlands. In August 2019, The 1745 Association gathered at Dunkeld to remember the events of that fateful day......"


Access the Video HERE

Lament for Lady Macintosh

During the early 1730s, John Roy Stuart composed one of his finest poems, a eulogy for Lady Christian MacIntosh.  Lady MacIntosh was the wife of William MacIntosh, Chief of the Clan MacIntosh, and her early death was a cause of immense sorrow.  The Lament for Lady MacIntosh or Cumha Do Bhaintighearna Mhic-An-Toisich  serves as a timeless elegy to those who have died before their time.  In the poem, John Roy evokes the forces of nature to capture the calamity of her passing, and concludes with an expression of his own profound grief.


This rendition of the Lament in Gaelic and English is given by Brigadier John MacFarlane, who served as Chairman of The 1745 Association between 2003 and 2009 and President of the Association between 2009 and 2019.

​​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

As this article was not written by the Association any inaccuracies are out of our control.

Back on Facebook !!

The 1745 Association Facebook Page has been resurrected and can be found via the Facebook link at the footer section of each page on this site or via this link.

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 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.



Also coming:

The ‘45 in 45 Minutes – 15 Myths and Misconceptions Challenged!


Michael's last SNPG talk, The ‘45 in 45 Minutes! 15 Myths and Misconceptions Challenged can be viewed on YouTube in three parts:


Part 1: The "Glorious Revolution" of 1688 (10 minutes 40 seconds)


“The truth of the matter is that the Coup of 1688 was neither glorious nor a revolution, but a squalid family squabble….."


Part 2: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Rising of 1745 (19 minutes)


“Had the Jacobites continued their advance from Derby on to London, their chances of success must be rated as at least 50:50.....”


Part 3: Queen Clementina's Cavinet (8 minutes 20 seconds)


“For all her wealth, Clementina is not a free woman. She is not free to choose her own husband. She is an asset to be traded on the market of international politics, sold to the most promising bidder in a dynastic marriage…..”

Lament for Lady Macintosh.mp3Brigadier John MacFarlane
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