Jacobites of Strathearn - the'45 Put Into Perspective
The Stewart Dynasty had both the loyalty and the admiration of the vast majority of the Scottish population . On reflection it has become clear however that the behaviour and attitude of many of the Stewarts monarchs fell well below what the loyal populous expected .Both Charles 1 and Charles ll were lacked a caring attitude towards their people and were dogmatic and self centred . The other Charles - Charles Edward Stewart better known a Bonnie Prince Charlie was undoubtedly a romantic figure who left an indelible image in the history books of a swash buckling dare devil who came close to upsetting more than a few apple carts in a short period of time .
The cause of Highland unrest in the 1740s is well summarised by historian Michael Lynch who wrote :
The real Highland problem in the 1740s already pointed the way towards the future and not the past; it was , as one rent collector complained in 1744 about "the extaordinary poverty of the countrie, occasioned by the death of cattle and scarcity of victuale ". The real crisis was not about law and order but about economics ; the lack of cash for investment and estate improvement which would scar Highland history for the next century and a half had already become obvious " .
The above is only a small sample of those who chose to follow the Jacobite cause in Strathearn – men who believed in true loyalty and honour .