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The Jacobite Rebellion

The Jacobite Rebellion

The Jacobite Rebellions are often portrayed today as yet another example of poor little Scotland being pushed around by the dastardly English. This modern vision is completely misguided; in fact these were British civil wars with both Scots and English on each side. It is also untrue to suppose that most of Scotland supported the attempts by the Stewarts to regain power - most of Scotland, including virtually the entire population of the south-west, were bitterly opposed to any return to Catholic rule. London newspapers at the time did not usually refer to the Jacobites as being Scottish; they simply called them 'The Rebels'.

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