Tuesday, 12 April 2016

A-Z Challenge 2016: J is for Jacobite

You know what a Jacobite is, I'm sure.  It is a supporter of King Jacob (whoever he was).  Well, actually you wouldn't be quite right there.  Yes, a Jacobite was a supporter of a King, but of King James II (1633-1701) and his descendants.

More potted history:
1688: James was deposed after 'The Glorious Revolution', and William and Mary took the throne.
1689-90: War
1690: Battle of the Boyne (Northern Ireland), where James was defeated
1715: The Jacobite Rebellion
1745-46: Battle of Culloden (repression of the Highland clans) - Bonnie Prince Charlie

James II in 1660

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  1. I have a jacobite in my tree. My 6x ggf James Tait, goldsmith of Edinburgh with his first wife had a son Adam Tait. Adam was a goldsmith and quit his apprenticeship to join the Jacobites. He escaped at Culloden and fled to France, where he worked as a goldsmith, and fashioned a gold and enamel ring bearing the bus of Prince Charlie, and engraved with he words "While he breathes, I hope." The ring is on display at the Royal Museum of Scotland.
    Most is from The Jacobite Trilogy by Gavin Wood.
    My other side of this family fought at the Battle of the Boyne and received lands in Ireland for his service. My cousin has a piece of the royal banner from the battle, that has been handed down through the generations.

    1. Gosh! how fantastic! You must be so proud. I know I would be!

    2. Yes, I am. Now if I can only get hold of that new-to-me cousin that has the piece of banner. I saw a post he made somewhere and he has no idea what he has!!! I may have to resort to writing an actual letter and posting it!

  2. Yes sometimes it is very easy to forget that the ousting of kings was still going on for reasons of religion well after the Tudors!! Diane's comment above is fascinating too - how wonderful she found your blog :)
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    1. Yes, wasn't it great! To have pieces of history you can hold in your hands. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Learning from you every day.

    1. Glad to hear it! Genealogy is certainly a fascinating subject, isn't it?

  4. This is interesting and never heard of this.

  5. My local archive centre in the Scottish Borders has a collection of Jacobite documents relating to the time in 1715 and 1745 when the Jacobite army marched through the Borders. The collection include oaths of allegiance sworn by town council members to the reigning King.



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