April 1, 2019

Lord George Murray – role in the ’45 and later years.

In my last post I dealt with the first part of the ’45 and Lord George Murray’s part in it, along with the split in the leadership caused by the incompatible personalities of Lord George […]
March 18, 2019

Lord George Murray – role in the ’45 (part one)

  In July 1745 Prince Charles landed in Scotland, raised his standard at Glenfinnan in August, and headed south with his growing army. Lord George Murray, along with a lot of other men, joined the […]
March 3, 2019

Lord George Murray – his early years.

  Last year when visiting Scotland I ended up quite by chance visiting Blair Castle, which was the ancestral home of one of the most pivotal characters in the 1745 Jacobite Rising, Lord George Murray. […]
August 20, 2018

FURNITURE IN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY HIGHLAND HOUSES

In my previous blog I wrote about Highland houses, how they were designed and built, taking into account the weather conditions and the materials available locally. But the subject wouldn’t be complete without saying something […]
August 6, 2018

HIGHLANDERS’ HOUSES IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

The Highland houses of the eighteenth century were built for a completely different lifestyle from the one we enjoy today, and were in fact very practical. When building them people had to take account of […]
July 9, 2018

THE DUKE OF CUMBERLAND (PART TWO – THE ’45 AND AFTERMATH)

  By the time the Duke of Cumberland arrived home from Flanders, Prince Charles Stuart had taken Scotland for his father, assembled over 5,000 followers, and was clearly intent on heading south for England. Cumberland […]
June 11, 2018

DONALD CAMERON OF LOCHIEL, CHIEF OF CLAN CAMERON (PART TWO)

  On 19th August 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart sailed to Glenfinnan at the head of Loch Shiel with the 300 men of Clanranalds, which at that moment comprised the whole of the Jacobite Army. […]
May 14, 2018

SHOULD THE JACOBITES HAVE RETREATED AT DERBY?

Ever since the decision was taken by Prince Charles’ council on 5th December 1745 to turn back at Derby instead of continuing on to London, a decision that ultimately led to the catastrophic defeat at […]
April 30, 2018

WHY DID THE HIGHLAND CLANS RISE FOR PRINCE CHARLES EDWARD STUART?

If you listen to all the legends about the Jacobite Rising of 1745-6, there are two main answers to the question – firstly because they were driven purely by loyalty to the House of Stewart, […]