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No Quarter Given: The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46

No Quarter Given: The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46 [Kindle Edition]

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There is a solitary tombstone outside St Anns Church in Manchester, England. It marks the grave of Thomas Deacon, the city's nonjurant Anglican bishop in the mid-1700s. (Nonjurants refused to swear allegiance to the ruling House of Hanover, or to recognise its monarchs as heads of the Church.) Deacons name is forever associated with the Jacobite Rising of 1745, for his three sons were officers in the Manchester Regiment the only English unit to fight for Prince Charles Edward Stuart. They suffered the same consequences as most others in the Regiment: one was executed, one died in captivity, and one was transported. Their names, ranks and fates appear in the latest edition of Muster Roll, along with those of nearly half of their twelve to fourteen thousand comrades who at one time or another served in the Princes army. When ascertainable, civilian occupations are given as well. Each regiment is listed separately, and each listing is preceded by a short regimental history. There is also an excellent Introduction by leading Jacobite historian Professor Bruce Lenman. Though the listings are far from complete, there are significantly more names than in previous editions. The editors are meticulous in recording the source or sources for each entry these range from such well-known documents as State Papers Domestic and Homes History of the Rebellion (Edinburgh 1822) through more obscure local and clan histories and some of them are likewise new. The book explodes several common misconceptions about the Jacobite forces. Though they wore Highland dress, they were not a Highland army. Professor Murray Pittock has already observed, in The Myth of the Highland Clans (Edinburgh 1995), that fewer than half were actually Highlanders the rest were Lowlanders, or French regulars of Irish or Scottish origin, or the hapless Manchesters and the names in Muster Roll appear to bear him out. Nor were they a clan army; rather, they were organised into regiments by skilled professional officers. Nor were they necessarily down-and-outers: on the contrary, Muster Roll records some substantial occupations merchant, innkeeper, writer even among the rank-and-file, and most seem to have had employment of one sort or another. It is possible, of course, that a number of them were bankrupts, as several of the leaders certainly were. Of their motives, Muster Roll tells us little. Religion (nonjuring Episcopalianism, Roman Catholicism), clan rivalries, Scottish nationalism, or the desire to make or retrieve fortunes all played a part. With rare exceptions, quixotic romanticism, in the form of blind attachment to the House of Stuart, did not: even the Gentle Lochiel, Donald Cameron of Lochiel, had the hard-headed good sense to demand an indemnity agreement from Charles before committing himself to the Cause, and he was not the only one. Of their ultimate destinies, the book tells us a great deal, and a poignant tale it is. The Manchesters were hardest hit. Taken at Carlisle, they paid the price for being English and mostly Catholic. Of the 166 officers and men whose names appear in Muster Roll, 27 were executed (including 18 of the 32 officers and sergeants), 39 were banished or transported, and numerous others are believed to have died in captivity. The toll was not nearly so high amongst the remaining regiments, but it was grim enough, except for the Franco-Scottish and Franco-Irish troops, who were treated, and eventually repatriated, as prisoners of war. On the other hand, many prisoners (including nine Manchesters) saved themselves by turning Kings Evidence. Not all were faithful unto death. This is a marvellous book. Not only is it a labour of love; it is also a first-rate piece of scholarship: equally valuable as a conversation piece, a serious research tool, or a vehicle for tracking down family legends about Jacobite ancestors. Above all, it memorialises the faceless thousands who followed the oxymoronic Bonnie Prince. They deserve this memorial. They were fools to trust Charlie's promises that France would intervene; that England's Jacobites would rise and even greater fools to trust his military skills. But they were heroic fools. Martin B Margulies, Quinnipiac University School of Law writing in Scottish History magazine

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A unique historical record compiled from the rolls made by the Hanoverian army of the Duke of Cumberland after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Every Scottish regiment present at the battle has been recorded and the following are detailed: Stewarts of Appin, Atholl Brigade, Bannerman of Elsick's, Cameron of Locheil's, Chisholm of Strathglass', Duke of Perth's, Earl of Cromartie's, Forfarshire (Ogilvy's), Frasers of Lovat, Gordon of Glenbucket's, Lord Lewis Gordon's, Grants of Glenmoriston, Grante's Artillery, MacDonald of Clanranald's, MacDonald of Glencoe's, MacDonnell of Glengarry's, MacDonnell of Keppoch's, MacGregor's, Mackinnon's, Lady Mackintosh's, MacLachlan's, MacLean's, MacLeod of Raasay's, Macpherson of Cluny's, Manchester, Monaltrie's and Balmoral, John Roy Stuart (Edinburgh) and Stoneywood's (Aberdeen). The cavalry consists of: Fitzjames' Horse, Hussars, Kilmarnock's Horse, The Lifeguards (Elcho's Troop, Balmerino's Troop), Perthshire Horse, Pitsligo's Horse and the Ecossais Royale. This is a unique and essential record of this important period of British History. Fully indexed.

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  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing; Revised edition (14 April 2012)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grounding for Research 8 Jan 2010
'No Quarter Given' is the muster roll of Charles Stuart's Jacobite army which attempted to overthrow the Hanoverian government for his father, James Stuart, to regain the British throne in the years 1745-46. This is a fully revised edition of the first muster roll which was created in the 1940's and first published in 1984, the year of the opening of (the previous) Culloden Battlefield visitor centre.

As a source of reference for those seeking ancestry who may have fought on the Jacobite side during 1745/46 this would be an invaluable book. Not only are individual names given within each of the listed regiments, the occupation, fate and town or area in which the individual resided are also included.

The introduction by Bruce Lenman, a leading historian on the subject gives an excellent, brief overview of 'The Jacobite Army and It's Achievements' and this is followed by the muster roll with accompanying prefatory notes from clan authorities. As always with Lenman, strong arguments are made to quash the myths of an army 'more written about than understood' and it's supposed lack of organisation and professionalism. As Lenman points out, there were indeed elements of luck attached to some of these remarkable achievements, but luck can only get an army so far. It could be argued that there were also extreme instances of bad luck such as the choice of field at Culloden- described by Lenman as 'a shooting range'- and the loss or misuse of large amounts of gold at Loch Arkaig and the Kyle of Tongue. Lenman believes that 'If the equivalent of the Loch Arkaig treasure had been run before Culloden, Cumberland's quite small army would have had to fight for it's life in the hills...' It is difficult to find fault with this point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent geneological resource 23 Mar 2002
This book is a must for anyone researching their family connections with Scotland and the '45 rebellion. It is a reconstruction of the muster roll of the Bonnie Prince Charlie's army. There are gaps because of the sources used. I am sure that more McLarens were in the Appin regiment. The only major failing is the further reading list which excludes some of the more recent accounts. The use of the term Ecossais Royale is bizarre. Rene Chatrand, an expert, uses Royale Ecossais, which is the construction used for all French royal regiments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very useful account 6 May 2010
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As someone who has taken a great deal of interest in Culloden and its aftermath, I would easily recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Clans in the 18th century. The idea of an ill-disciplined heathen horde, promoted by those of a more english persuasion, is very quickly dispelled in the lists of officers and men that this records. Also fascinating is the dispersal of those forces after the battle. This book really opens an Aladin's cave of opportunity to further research the Highland history.
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