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on 8 January 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.

The notes attached to each of the clans/regiments give a concise insight into the role played by Charles's followers and their commanders/ chiefs. Some of the notes are in fact written by modern day descendants of clan chiefs who fought during this time.

Although the muster roll has been updated, it is clear that there are many names missing from the list judging by the number given. It is of course difficult in the extreme to account for every individual involved and the circumstances and also the nature of the Highlanders, who drifted in and out of the army by custom following a conflict, make this doubly so.

An absolutely crucial addition to Jacobite History in general and ideal for those interested in geneology or tracing a family tree which may yield pleasant (or unpleasant!) surprises.
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on 6 May 2010
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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on 23 March 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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on 5 January 2015
An unusual book in that it is almost exclusively a list of people, but remarkable that records still exist of the soldiers who enlisted or were drafted into the army by their clan chiefs. The historical 'snapshots' of each regiment often written by descendants of those clan chiefs are fascinating. Bruce Lenman's introduction is a masterpiece of concise writing; he explains why the uprising stood virtually no chance of success, and that its most remarkable aspect was that it lasted as long as it did. Perhaps it's unfair but reading the muster rolls an astonishing number of the leaders and clan chiefs managed to escape despite the catastrophe of Culloden, while their clansmen. drafted into the Prince's army without choice, suffered the consequences, many to die in jail or be transported to fever-ridden colonies as virtual slaves.
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on 15 October 2013
I bought this book for my brother's birthday at his request and he loves it. It contains all the information he was looking for. It is a specialised subject and not everyone would want or need the detail but for those interested in Culloden and the men who fought in the Army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, or who are studying that era, this will be a great help.
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on 3 August 2015
This is a book for the person seriously interested in the history of the '45 - or possibly trying to fill in a hole in their family story. Dry as a bone, but full of useful information.
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on 18 February 2015
A lot of information to digest if only for the historical purists around, obviously one to read
over and over again as there has been a lot of work and investigation done here.
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on 12 March 2014
Well worth getting for Jacobite ancestry information - good reference book - lots of interesting information. Good service and value for money
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on 5 April 2014
It contains a lot of information about the battle of culloden which I have been trying to get for a long time.
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on 25 June 2016
Good for ancestry hunting
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