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Sir William MacPherson T.D. of Cluny and Blairgowrie
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing on Sunday, February 14th, of Sir William MacPherson T.D. of Cluny and Blairgowrie, Patron of The 1745 Association and 27th hereditary chief of the Clan Macpherson of Cluny. Like his ancestor Cluny Macpherson of the '45, Sir William was a man of courage and independent judgement, who sought to fulfil his duties as a lawyer and judge without fear or favour to any special interest, no matter how powerful it might be. His commitment to justice, irrespective of the pressures brought to bear on him, was manifested most prominently in his role as the judge in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, where his conclusion that the police investigation had been "marred by a combination of professional incompetence, institutional racism and failure of leadership" led to attacks on his findings from those who found their implications uncomfortable, yet led to reforms that have helped remedy the problems he identified, and ultimately resulted, many years later, in a measure of posthumous justice for Stephen Lawrence when his killers were finally jailed.
We in The 1745 Association will remember him as a worthy Patron who presided at the Annual Dinner of the Coupar Angus Gathering; we salute his life as we mourn his death, and we offer our profound condolences to his family.
The ‘45 in 45 minutes
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 are as follows:
· Thursday, March 4th: Charlie Zahm – an online concert of Jacobite music and songs
· Thursday, April 15th (the Eve of Culloden): Andrew Grant MacKenzie – Culloden: Then and Now
· Thursday, May 6th: Steve Lord – The Fate of Le Prince Charles (formerly HMS Hazard)
· Thursday, June 4th: Robert Dennis – The Flags of the ‘45
We're planning one a month so watch this space for the schedule for July onwards as further topics and speakers are confirmed.
Ranald MacDonell, 23rd Chief of Macdonell of Glengarry
It is with enormous regret that we have learned of the passing of our Patron, Ranald MacDonell, 23rd Chief of Macdonell of Glengarry, early on the morning of 30th January 2021. He passed away peacefully at St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, West Sussex, where he had been for just over a week following a long illness. His wife Carolyn asked me to pass this news to the Association, and said that “I am both thankful for the superb care he received at the Hospice and relieved that his suffering has come to an end. And of course I am overwhelmingly grateful for the very happy years we had together during our marriage of almost 19 years.”
Many of us will remember Ranald with fondness and gratitude. He served the Association with unfailing courtesy and loyalty. He unveiled the Plaque to Young Glengarry which marks the entrance on Falkirk High Street to the Falkirk Trinity Churchyard where he is interred and commemorates his ancestor’s tragic accidental death after the Battle of Falkirk Muir. He and Carolyn presided at our Annual Dinner in 2018 and always gave their time to the Association generously and without recompense even of expenses, and he will be sadly missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Carolyn and her family at this sad and difficult time for them.
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 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.
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 email@example.com 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.