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The ‘45 in 45 minutes - 2022
Talks on Topics of Jacobite Interest given by Members of The 1745 Association for Members of The 1745 Association. They all start at 17:45 and are open to all members via a Zoom link. This will be provided in advance of each talk. The upcoming talks will be as follows, exact dates to be confirmed:
Thursday, 10th March 2022 - The Prestonpans Tapestry: Past, Present and Future - the talk will be given by Dr Arran Johnston, Executive Trustee, Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust. In this talk, we will discover how the Tapestry came to be, its place in a new soon-to-open museum in Prestonpans, and the ambitions for its future permanent home.
POSTPONED - DATE TO BE RE-ARRANGED - talk will be given by Kevin Smith on "The Jacobites in Perth" to mark the anniversary of their one-week sojourn there between September 3rd and 10th 1745 during their march southwards.
2021 AGM - Chairman's Report
Following the 2021 AGM of The 1745 Association, which was held on Friday 29th October 2021, at the Quaker's Meeting House, Edinburgh and remotely via Zoom, you can listen to the Chairman's report on our Audio/Video page, where you will also find the 2019 & 2020 reports.
New 1745 Association Plaque Unveiled at Monkstadt House, Isle of Skye
The 1745 Association held a very successful event at Monkstadt House on the Isle of Skye last week on Thursday 23rd September 2021 to unveil two new plaques telling the story of events at and near that house involving Charles Edward Stuart and Flora MacDonald in 1746. Although nowadays rebuilt as a luxury guest house, it was originally built and owned by Alexander Macdonald, 15th Chief of the Macdonalds of Skye who, outwardly at least, was obliged to support the Government throughout the Rising of 1745/6. When Charles and Flora arrived by boat from Benbecula on 29th June seeking refuge Alexander was not at home and the Chief’s staunchly Jacobite wife, Lady Margaret, was immediately placed in the horns of a dilemma having to provide what discreet support she could to the Prince and arrange for his onward journey to safety at nearby Kingsborough House, whilst at the same time concealing his presence from Government militia who were in and around the house at the time.
In a joint venture project with financial and practical assistance from the current owner of Monkstadt House, Mr James MacQueen, our member Glen MacDonald arranged for two plaques to be manufactured and fitted at Monkstadt to tell this story - one for viewing by the public from the adjacent roadway and the other at the front door visible for house guests. Glen also arranged and conducted an official unveiling event at the house last week attended by Lord Macdonald, 8th Baron Macdonald of Sleat, High Chief of the Clan Donald and a direct descendant of Alexander Macdonald, 15th Chief of the Macdonalds of Skye in 1746.
Following an introductory speech by Glen to recount the relevant history, Lord Macdonald’s wife, Lady Claire Macdonald, gave a most eloquent and interesting talk with fascinating insights into the 18th Century life of her predecessor, Lady Margaret, before unveiling the main plaque. Lord Macdonald then unveiled the smaller plaque after which a reception with light refreshments was held in the house. A splendid young local piper, Decklan Malloy, also entertained the assembled company along with a local lady, Ann Martin, who sang beautifully in Gaelic a song recalling these events from 1746.
In addition to personal guests invited by Mr MacQueen, seven members of the 1745 Association attended along with seven others from the Clan Donald Society of Scotland. A more detailed account of the history concerned and a full report with photos of the unveiling event will be submitted for possible inclusion in a future edition of The Jacobite. A selection of photos of the event are included here.
New 1745 Association Plaque in Florence, Italy
The 1745 Association is very fortunate in having a member who lives in Italy and is prepared to put in the hard work to achieve a desired goal. Stefano Baccolo, assisted by Chiara Aviani Barbacci and Benedicta Cagnone has done a marvellous job in negotiating with various authorities to finally achieve the erection of a plaque in Florence. Anyone who has been involved with such a project will know how difficult it can be so we thank them all.
“As previously announced in The Jacobite, in view of the proposed Gathering in Florence, the Association has been committed to the project of installing a memorial plaque on the facade of Palazzo San Clemente, the main residence of Charles Edward Stuart in Tuscany. The presence of the last Stuarts in Italy was a long one, starting in 1719 with King James III&VIII leaving France and ending with the passing away of his younger son Henry in 1807. In this exile of nearly a century the members of the Royal Family stayed for periods of varying length in many Italian cities and towns. The Stuart Court followed the King Over The Water, moving from Urbino to Rome, then for some years in Bologna and then again in Rome, with the summer spent away among the hills in Albano. After the succession of Prince Charles, who traveled much more than his father, he and his retinue made long journeys through Lazio and Tuscany, which was at last chosen as the permanent seat of the Court. Charles would eventually come back to Rome and die there, but this last move was a decision prompted by his daughter Charlotte out of the necessity of staying nearer to her uncle Henry to give better assistance to Charles who was now old and sick.
So there are many Palazzi in Italy that were inhabited by the Stuarts for brief or longer periods. Most of them are now in bad shape and very few carry traces of their royal visitors. Many have changed names and some have been forgotten or are difficult to identify. Even the "Palazzo del Re" in Rome shows on the outside no trace of its once royal status, and only in the courtyard can a marble tablet with a memory of the Stuarts be seen. In this quite intricate panorama, the 1745 Association has chosen to intervene in a most significant way, placing the very first memorial plaque to give clear and precise historical information about the Stuart presence in one such building. Among the Stuart Palaces in Italy, this is the first plaque installed in a position useful to point out the place to visitors and tourists, the first one with a text both in Italian and English, the first to be decorated with a Stuart Portrait pertinent to the period.
The choice of this building, among all the buildings connected to the Stuarts is most significant. Palazzo San Clemente -at the time called Palazzo Guadagni- was in fact the only building ever privately owned by the Stuarts in their whole exile. All their other residences were rented or offered by the Governments’ hosting the family. Palazzo San Clemente was chosen by Charles Edward Stuart to be his home, he loved it, spent large amount of money to buy and embellish it and it reflected deeply his personality, habits and interests.
Now after a long time of neglect and the loss of Prince Charles' weather-vane that was the only external element to point out the past presence of the Stuarts in the vicinity, finally with this project the memory of Bonnie Prince Charlie's favourite home has been made available to all. The plaque is already in place and readable to the advantage of any visitor but the Association hopes to be able to perform an official unveiling ceremony next spring during the proposed Gathering in Florence.” You can see some more photos' here.
The Story of the Manchester Regiment
Our Chairman, Mike Nevin, has written an article on the Manchester Regiment which was recently published in the Lancashire Post.
The article is available to read via this link.
Annual NTS / 1745 Association Annual Culloden Lecture
In the 2021 National Trust for Scotland-1745 Association Annual Culloden Lecture on 'Tourism, Research and Conservation at Culloden Battlefield, 1746-2021', Andrew Grant McKenzie describes the multiple threats to the battlefield posed by commercial development proposals, and expresses the hope that a land purchase programme by the National Trust for Scotland to assemble the entire battlefield under single ownership may preserve it for future generations. The alternative 'business as usual' scenario poses the very real risk that there will be no Annual Culloden Commemoration in a hundred years' time, for the simple reason that there will be no Culloden Battlefield to commemorate, only a series of Viewhill Farm / Treetops-type developments where the battlefield used to be.
The key part of the lecture can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbmzV5VYM80&t=70s
2021 Gathering - Florence - RESCHEDULED
Unfortunately due to the uncertainty caused by the ongoing global pandemic, the Florence Gathering, originally re-scheduled to May 2021 has now been put back to May 2022. Exact dates are still to be arranged.
Full details of the proposed itinerary can be found in the attached document here. 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 !!
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 - 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.
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.”
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.