1745: A Military History of the Last Jacobite Rising Paperback – 1 Oct 2000
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Originally trained as a librarian, Stuart Reid joined the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, rising to Sniper Sergeant. Now a surveyor he is also the author of All The Kings Armies and Wolfe: The Career of General James Wolfe from Culloden to Quebec, both published by Spellmount.
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Well, it provides a wholly new perspective on the rising. Though the writer claims that he is not biassed, this is not the case, and this is not necessarily a bad thing. This book sees the rising as much from the viewpoint of the British Army (which the author once served in) as it does with the Jacobite rebels. Most histories are vice versa.
The Dyke of Cumberland and General Hawley, often and uncritically labelled 'The Butcher' and 'Hangman' are given a fairer assessment. Likewise, Lord George Murray, often praised as the genius of the rebel army, and O'Sullivan, another leading rebel, are reappraised. Far from being a genius, Murray is portrayed as a military novice who often made tactical errors. Sullivan comes off rather better - an experienced soldier, not a buffoon.
Reid is good on military details; many authors are not. Thus he rightly points out that cannonfire against the rebels at Culloden was not hugely effective until the rebels reached close quarters. He also squashes the myth that the defenders of London were an ill trained rabble of amateurs.
Of course, the book is not perfect. Concentrating wholly on military factors, we do not see any of the crucial political, religious and economic factors which were also of importance.
This is a long overdue revisionist treatment of the rebellion and should act as an antidote to the majority of pro-Jacobite histories in this field.
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