2020 Gathering Update @ 27/03/2020
At the moment, the Florence Gathering is scheduled for October 2020. In the light of the current crisis, Italy is in a state of lockdown which will last at least until the end of July according to the Italian Government.
At present we have 21 bookings. As you may surmise, there have been no new bookings recently and our cut-off date for bookings is July 31st to give enough time to confirm or cancel the accommodation already booked.
We assure you that we have no intention to go forward with this trip, unless we are absolutely sure that it is safe and both the British and Italian governments agree that it is so.
However, given the restrictions placed on international travel and tourism by the need to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Gathering may have to be postponed until next Spring (April or May 2021). In that eventuality, all bookings made before the current booking deadline of July 31st 2020 will be honoured at the quoted price. If the Gathering date is put back to the Spring of 2021, it should also be possible to accept additional bookings after August 2020, although these may have to be at a slightly elevated rate, depending on the terms we can secure from the hotel, caterers and the sites we will visit in the event of a postponement.
A final decision on the date of the Florence Gathering will be made in July 2020 and published in the Summer edition of The Jacobite.”
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.
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.
This event is now fully subscribed.
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.
12:30 PM: 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.”
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.
1: 00 PM. THE FORGOTTEN JACOBITE SITE.
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!!”
Northumberland Jacobite Society - John Roy Stuart Talk
The Fifteen, the Northumbrian Jacobite Society, are holding a talk on John Roy Stuart in the Dilston Chapel in Northumberland a week on Saturday (October 26), which is free and open to all. You can register and get tickets at:
Dilston Chapel is next to Dilston Castle, the ancient seat of the Earls of Derwentwater. The event starts at 11am, concluding at midday, when we believe the plan is for anyone who so wishes to go on to lunch.
Liz Finch, Secretary of The Fifteen, the Northumbrian Jacobite Society, who are organising the talk, has asked for a list of names of anyone who would like to attend and is not a member of The Fifteen 15 for planning purposes, as per her message below:
"This is a reminder that our final talk of the year is on Saturday 26 October in the chapel at Dilston. The usual time of 11am with members requested to meet in the car park at 1045.
Our speaker is Mike Nevin from our friends at The 1745 Association. The subject is "John Roy Stuart, The Bard of Culloden". There will also be a raffle, so please bring along your donations.
After the talk, members who wish to do so will adjourn to the Wheatsheaf, St Helen's St, Corbridge NE45 5HE (car park at rear) for lunch.
Please could you let us know if you are joining us - as you know, this is so we can advise Cambian college of numbers and also ensure that the talk does not start before everyone has arrived.
If you are likely to be joining us for lunch, could you let us know so we can in turn inform the Weatsheaf.
Perth Museum & Art Gallery
This exhibition coincides with the 330th anniversary of the Battle of Killiecrankie, and will focus on the great clans and families of Perthshire, exploring previously little-known stories of the uprisings. In addition to this, the National Galleries of Scotland will be loaning two spectacular portraits - Richard Wilson’s Flora Macdonald and William Mosman’s Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
Exhibition runs from 29th June to 26th October 2019 (extended run).
The Life and Poems of John Roy Stuart, Colonel of the Edinburgh Regiment.
Date: Saturday, October 26th 2019
Place: The Chapel at Dilston, Corbridge, Northumberland NE45 5RJ. Dilston Castle and Chapel are situated in the private grounds of Cambian Dilston College, off the B6321/A695 roads between Hexham and Corbridge, in Northumberland.
Time: Gather at 10:45 AM in the car park.
The event is organised by The Fifteen, the Northumbrian Jacobite Society. The talk, illustrated with slides and extracts from John Roy’s poems, will run from 11:00 A.M. to Midday.
A History in Three Chapters:
Chapter 1: Education of a Poet, 1700 – 1735
Chapter 2: The Jacobite Warrior 1735 – April 1746
Chapter 3: The Bard of Culloden: John Roy after the Battle
Free and open to all.
Jacobite Council of War Event.
September 20th 1745: On the eve of the Battle of Prestonpans, the Jacobite High Command under Bonnie Prince Charlie convened at the Sheep Heid Inn at Duddingston to plan out their strategy of attack. The following day they scored a stunning victory over Sir John Cope's redcoats at Prestonpans.
Friday, September 20th 2019: We will recreate some of the events of that day at the very inn where the Prince, Lord George Murray, the Duke of Perth, Lochiel and the Highland clan chieftains met to plan their next move. Muster from 5:00 PM onwards – the Council starts at 6:00 PM!
The wearing of tartan and highland wear as well as lowland clothing would be much appreciated for this special Jacobite historical event, and a warm welcome awaits - although hopefully not quite as warm as the welcome given to Johnny Cope the next day!
A price of £20 is charged to cover the cost of a buffet supper for all attendees.
Tickets can be obtained at:
Soldiers of Killiekrankie
Date: Friday July 26th 2019
Place: Brewdog (opposite Perth Museum), 62/64 George Street, Perth PH1 5JL
Time: Midday onwards
Perth Museum & Art Gallery: "Soldiers of Killiecrankie". Come and join us in support of this exciting event, and enjoy the Jacobite Clans exhibition. We cordially invite current and non-members alike to this excellent Jacobite history event.
Free and open to all. Non-ticketed.
Remembering Dunkeld: Orphan Battle of the Jacobite Wars.
On the Saturday, August 17th 2019, The 1745 Association is organising a free commemorative event, open to all, to remember the Battle of Dunkeld fought 330 years ago on August 21st 1689.
Dunkeld is the Orphan Battle of the Jacobite Wars – alone and neglected, literally fatherless after the Jacobite leader, Bonnie Dundee, was taken out by a sniper at Killiecrankie a month before. Dunkeld, a battle unique in the annals of the Jacobite Wars, was fought in an urban environment with brutal street-to-street fighting between the two sides. By the end of the fight, Dunkeld lay in flames, never to regain its former glory. Only the Cathedral remains of the buildings that stood before 1689.
Midday onwards - Gather at the Perth Arms Hotel, High Street, Dunkeld, PH8 0AJ to meet old friends and new
1:30 PM: Dunkeld - The Orphan Battle. An illustrated talk by Michael Nevin, Chairman of The 1745 Association
2:00 PM: A walking tour of the town, taking in key points of the battle, under the guidance of Kevin Smith and John McCulloch, Council Members of The 1745 Association. The tour will include a visit to the Cathedral and a description of tactics and clothing, and conclude with a brief commemoration of those who fell
3:30 PM: Return to the Perth Arms Hotel for a re-enactment of the famous Jacobite toast "Tae the King o'er the Water"
Excellent bar food and refreshments will be available for purchase at the Hotel.
Free Tickets will be issued on a “first come, first served” basis, and can be obtained at:
There is also an interesting piece regarding this event published in Scottish Field online which can be accessed here.
A forthcoming auction containing Jacobite items may be of interest to Members of the 1745 Association.
The Lyon & Turnbull auction of rare books, manuscripts and maps which will be held in Edinburgh on June 19th will also contain a number of items Jacobite interest. The catalogue is yet to be published. It will be available at:
One final item of information: Peter left his Jacobite Library, containing over 300 titles, many of them rare, some privately printed and most now out of print, to the Library of The 1745 Association. These books are now awaiting shelving at the Association’s Library and Archive at Callendar House, Falkirk, where they will be available for public research. The Association is seeking to arrange a formal dedication of the Peter Lole Library at Callendar House, possibly on Friday, January 17th, 2020, the anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk Muir in 1746. Hopefully that will give sufficient time for the library to be properly organised in the Callendar House Library and Archive. Further details will follow in due course.
The Battle of Glenshiel – 300 Years On! June 10th 2019
June 10th 1719: Hanoverian Government forces under Lieutenant-General Wightman close in on a Jacobite army under the Marquis of Tullibardine in the mountainous terrain of the Western Highlands. The two armies engage that afternoon in the valley of Glenshiel, in the conclusive battle of the Rising of 1719.
June 10th 2019: 300 years on to the very day, Michael Nevin, Chairman of the 1745 Association, will commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Glenshiel by recounting the events leading up to it, and the course of the battle itself, at a lunchtime talk at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The talk will start at 12:30 PM in Gallery No 1, drawing on the paintings there to describe key events that led up to Rising, before moving on to Galley No 4 (the Wolfson Gallery), concluding with a detailed appreciation of Peter Tillemans' contemporary masterpiece, The Battle of Glenshiel.
The talk is free and open to all. Members of The 1745 Association are more than welcome to stay behind after the talk for a commemorative pub lunch and convivial conversation – although the price of lunch is not included in the free ticket!
Numbers are restricted for Health and Safety regulations, and the limited number of tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. They can be obtained at:
Bonhams Scottish Sale Auction, which will be held in Edinburgh on Wednesday May 15th (a week tomorrow).
This auction includes the Jacobite Collection of Peter Lole, late Chairman of The 1745 Association, Editor of the Jacobite, and (at the time of his passing in November of last year), Honorary Vice Chairman of the Association.
Details of Peter’s very considerable and important collection of Jacobite memorabilia are given in the auction catalogue (available at on pages 124 to 145 inclusive (items 249 to 300) and brief biographical details of Peter are given on page 123 of the catalogue.
Peter had a particular interest in, and knowledge of, Jacobite Glass, on which he was one of the world’s foremost authorities. Reflecting this, on the eve of the auction, Simon Cottle of Bonhams is giving a lecture on “Majesty and Rebellion: 18th-Century Jacobite Glass”.
This lecture will be at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 14th 2019, at Bonhams, 22 Queen Street, Edinburgh. Bookings can be made by phone on 0131 225 2266, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event listed below has been postponed owing to a short illness suffered by the presenter Mr Michael Nevin, Chairman of the 1745 Association. The event has been rescheduled for 5 March between 12.15pm and 1.00pm. The venue remains the same.
The event is currently fully booked but is is possible that there may be cancellations:
Wednesday March 5th 2018: to commemorate the anniversary of the Council of War at Derby on Decenber 5th 1745, we will hold our annual tour of Gallery No 4 (the Wolfson Gallery) of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery between 12:15 PM and 1 PM. This tour is free and open to all. The title this year is “Portraits of the Jacobite Era: Myths, Misconceptions and Misinterpretations."
Book your tickets here:
This event is sold out, sorry
Friday, April 12th 2019: Annual 1745 Association / NTS Lecture at the Culloden Visitor Centre. Details to follow in the next edition of The Jacobite.
Book your tickets here:
Saturday, April 13th 2019: Culloden Anniversary Service commencing at the Culloden Visitor Centre at 10:30 AM, organised by the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Following the wreath laying ceremony, all Members of the Association in attendance are invited to join the Clan Donald for their dinner at 1 PM.
Saturday, April 20th 2019: annual commemoration of the Kennington Martyrs at St George’s Gardens, London, where their last mortal remains are interred.
Friday, June 7th 2019 – Saturday, June 8th 2019: Annual Gathering of the Association in Inverness. The Gathering is exceptionally being held in June rather than September in 2019 to commemorate the tri-centenary of the Battle of Glen Shiel (June 1719), which we are organising jointly with the Association of Highland Clans and Societies. The Gathering will include a tour of the Culloden Battlefield on Friday, with a talk on recent evidence that throws new light on the scale and events of the battle, followed by a visit on the Saturday to Eilean Donan Castle and the Glen Shiel battlefield.”