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Defending the Empire

Defending the Empire

Burghs were responsible for defending their towns in the event of war or unrest. In order to carry out this task local militias were formed. One early example of the need of these armed groups was the mobilising of militias in south west Scotland to meet the threat posed by the first Jacobite rebellion in 1715 then again in 1745. Towns like Ayr and Dumfries armed volunteers with pikes and bills to meet the threat posed by the Southwards march of the Jacobite host.

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