Jacobite rising

A large turnout of Kirriemuir Probus Club members was welcomed to their latest meeting by President Bob Stewart, who introduced the guest speaker Iain McIntosh.

Iain is a retired BT Technical Officer, currently editor and webmaster with the Friends of Dundee City Archives and a member of local history societies.

His subject was ‘The Jacobite Rising of 1745’, and his talk was accompanied by an excellent Powerpoint presentation.

Iain explained why and how the rebellion began, with the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie, sailing from France to eventually land on Eriskay in August 1745.

He raised his father’s standard in Glenfinnan, was joined by hundreds of clansmen, initially McDonalds and Camerons, and marched for Edinburgh, raising further support along the way. Having defeated the Government army under Sir John Cope at Prestonpans, Charles advanced into England, reaching Derby and causing panic in London, his intended target. However, his retreat into the Scottish Highlands led to the battle at Culloden, to the end of the dream of returning the Stuarts to the throne, and to the cruel reprisals of the Duke of Cumberland’s Government army.

After Culloden, Cumberland treated Angus as a hostile part of the country, Montrose in particular suffering reprisals, as it was an important port for arms and supplies from France. Jacobite supporters were hunted down, killed or imprisoned, locally in Dundee; many survivors were transported to the colonies.

A vote of thanks to Iain was proposed by Jim McIntosh, who remarked on the splits within families that this episode in Scottish history must have caused.

The next meeting of Kirriemuir Probus Club is on Wednesday, February 2, when Ken Neill will talk on ‘The Squirrel Project’.