The 1745 Rebellion and the Southern Scottish Lowlands is a detailed analysis of the causes, events and consequences of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46, with particular emphasis on the Lowlands' response to Prince Charles Edward's attempt to restore the Stuart dynasty to the throne of England, Scotland and her Empire. Beginning with a brief chronology of the 1745 rebellion, MacRobert proceeds to explore the legal and structural weaknesses within the Scottish administration that helped to facilitate the initial success of Prince Charles Edward's campaign. MacRobert's perspective creates a nuanced portrait of a diverse and divided Scotland, both scarred and enriched by its economic, religious and regional differences. In stressing the role of this region in bringing about the demise of the 1745 rebellion, MacRobert has written a revisionist history that seeks to '...consider the '45 primarily from the aspect of the Scottish Lowlands' and in so doing, take a fresh look at the validity of the nationalistic romanticism that surrounds Prince Charles Edward's insurrection. MacRobert paints a broad canvas and analyses the rebellion from its inception to its repression and eventual diaspora. He looks at how the legacy of 1745 shaped industrial growth in the second half of the eighteenth century, influenced Enlightenment culture and impacted upon Scotland's relations with the wider world and the British Empire. In short, MacRobert has written a concise, lucid and scholarly history of a key moment in Scotland's past that serves as a useful introduction for students and general readers of the subject.
1745 Rebellion and the Southern Scottish Lowlands, The
7 Mar 2006