Jacobites


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Jacobites

Supporters of the Stuart pretenders to the British crown. They mounted unsuccessful rebellions in 1715 and 1745.
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Yes, but so far," answered the other, "from speaking in behalf of his religion, he assured me the Catholicks did not expect to be any gainers by the change; for that Prince Charles was as good a Protestant as any in England; and that nothing but regard to right made him and the rest of the popish party to be Jacobites.
He threw himself into the struggle of party, first as a Whig, then as a Tory; but as a friend said of him later, "He was neither Whig nor Tory, neither Jacobite nor Republican.
It is true that his nature was extremely conservative; that after a brief period of youthful free thinking he was fanatically loyal to the national Church and to the king (though theoretically he was a Jacobite, a supporter of the supplanted Stuarts as against the reigning House of Hanover); and that in conversation he was likely to roar down or scowl down all innovators and their defenders or silence them with such observations as, 'Sir, I perceive you are a vile Whig.
If a man like your brother likes to go into Parliament as a yeoman or a gentleman or a Jacobite or an Ancient Briton, I should say it would be a jolly good thing.
Such a large number, the 'thousands of swords', means that the weapons were likely made in the manufactory in which they were buried and show that these Digbeth Jacobites meant business.
Those who sought to restore James - and later his son and grandson - were known as Jacobites.
The old Jacobite hymn might conjure up images of shaggy Scotch clansmen howling depredations at their English adversaries, but anyone hoping to encounter the Hollywood version of the Highlander at the National Museum of Scotland's excellent exhibition on 'Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites' will be disappointed.
Inside, you have to follow historic events from the view of the Jacobites or the Government.
One such focus relates to contemporary Scottish ideological and cultural norms, deeply imbedded in time and place that provided Jacobites with the motivational force, hence momentum, for their sustained challenge to the existing political order.
There are some plans to check out the battlefields of the war back in 1746 between the Hanoverians and the Jacobites," said Mickelson, whose wife and children are with him in Scotland.
Work on the Jacobites (descendants of the Stuart James II) has been largely a cottage industry, but Edward Corp makes a powerful argument in this volume that James III (or "the Pretender" as the Hanoverians dubbed him, as they believed that his father had abdicated the throne in 1688) remained an important force in European society even after his chances of reclaiming the British throne diminished.
The Jacobites commemorated their rebellions in 1715 and 1745 with engraved medals and glasses they would use to toast the cause.