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Association Event - 16th April 2020

“Financing a Revolution”.  Royal Museum, Edinburgh, 12:30 PM – 1.20 PM, Thursday, April 16th 2020


April 16, 1746: The Jacobite Army under Bonnie Prince Charlie is defeated by Hanoverian Government Army under the Duke of Cumberland on Culloden Moor.

April 16, 2020: To commemorate this event, the 1745 Association is organising a tour on the third floor of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh under the Culloden banners at the "Scotland Transformed" display.

Please assemble on the 3rd floor of the museum, at the standard of Barrel's Regiment and the Stewart of Appin Regiment, at 12:30 PM.

In "Financing a Revolution – 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."

This tour will draw on:

  • the narrative of O'Sullivan, Quartermaster-General of the Jacobite Army,

  • the diary of John Campbell, first cashier (effectively, Chief Executive) of the Royal Bank of Scotland at the time of the Rising,

  • the history of David Drummond, the long-serving Treasurer of the Bank of Scotland, 

as well as other contemporary sources and 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 the Jacobite Bank of Scotland.

The talk will last for c. 40 minutes and be followed by an opportunity for questions and answers for c. 10 minutes.

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


A video of the Association's commemoration of the 330th Anniversary of the Battle of Dunkeld (August 1689) can be seen at via the link on our "Audio / Video" page.

Clan Donald Culloden Lunch - 18th April 2020

Attached you will find details of the 2020 Clan Donald Lunch which all members of the 1745 Association are welcome to attend.

The speaker after lunch will be the President of our Association The Very Rev'd Dr Emsley Nimmo.


If you wish to attend please reply as instructed in the attachment and not by replying to this email.


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:

Press Release by The 1745 Association



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 proposed new Constitution is available for reference here.  Any comments regarding the content should be raised via the form on the Contact Us page.

Membership Subscriptions Reminder

We remind you that subscriptions to the 1745 Association are due on January 1 2020.


The rates for 2020 are £20.00 for single membership and £25.00 for two joint members residing at the same address. These subscription rates include a hard copy “Jacobite” journal posted by Royal Mail to the provided address three time a year. We also have an e-Jacobite rate (single membership: £5.00 or Joint membership £7.00) which is open to all. This will include three electronic copies of the “Jacobite” journal in pdf form emailed to the member at the email address provided.


  • Both new and existing members may pay their subscriptions by using PayPal through the “Join Us”.

  • We accept cheques drawn on a UK bank, payable to The 1745 Association and sent to:

The Treasurer, 1745 Association, 4 Mill St, Eynsham, WITNEY, OX29 4JS

  • We can also accept payments direct to the Association’s bank account. You should only need the Sort Code and account number but just in case, the bank is Bank of Scotland and the name on the account is The 1745 Association:

Sort Code - 80 07 17

Account number - 00754609


We encourage those of you who intend remaining members for some years and have a UK bank account to set up a Standing Order for payment thus ensuring you do not forget the due date. If you do this please remember to reference your payments clearly so the treasurer knows who it is from. The last three characters of your postcode is a suggestion.


Questions or comments regarding membership may be submitted through 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

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 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.

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