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Coffee Morning: The British Army in Scotland after Culloden

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The Royal Scots Club Edinburgh

29-31 Abercromby Place

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EH3 6QE

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The aftermath of Culloden is a well-known story of atrocities and excess, generally blamed on the Duke of Cumberland. Survivors made accusations, British officers gave information in confidence to the media; London society noticed the absence of wounded among the Jacobite prisoners. However well-known this story is (and there is still much to be added to it), it did not come to an end in 1746. For well over a decade, British Army garrisons, camps, outposts and patrols could be found throughout Scotland, more than 400 of them from Annan to Kirkwall. Whatever the story told about ‘the Highlands’ as the source of the Jacobite rising, contemporary military policy clearly identified the whole country as potentially unsympathetic territory. Non-Scottish troops were frequently used, and rotation was recommended to prevent ‘going native’. In the 1750s in Canada, the policies recommended in Scotland in 1746-47 were at last carried out, far from home, by the expulsion of the French population of Acadia- Le Grand Dérangement, the effects of which can still be seen in the culture of Louisiana. In this and other ways, the battle fought over less than a square mile in less than an hour on a wet and cold spring day six weeks by coach from London foreshadowed both the policy and practice of the British Empire.

Professor Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor and Pro Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow, and one of the leading scholars of Jacobitism and Romanticism globally. His books include The Myth of the Jacobite Clans, Material Culture and Sedition, Poetry and Jacobite Politics, Jacobitism, Inventing and Resisting Britain, The Invention of Scotland, and many others. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Historical Society and has won or been nominated or shortlisted for fifteen literary prizes internationally. Join Proefessor Murray for a fascinating talk on The British Army in Scotland after Culloden.

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