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The Jacobite Rising of 1715 and the Murray Family (Hardback)

Brothers in Arms

British History Scotland P&S History 18th Century

By Rosalind Anderson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 188
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781526727619
Published: 18th February 2020

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Based in Perthshire, the Murray family played an important role in all Jacobite rebellions, whether as rebels or supporters of the government. During the Great Rising of 1715, the head of the family the Duke of Atholl remained loyal to the Hanoverian government but three of his sons were Jacobites. Two of these brothers then went on to play major roles in the 1719 Rising and in the more famous '45.

What led to their decision to commit to the Jacobite cause? A look at the earlier years of the Murrays at the end of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries sheds light on the family dynamics and helps explain how and why the brothers made the decisions they did. Traditionally the Murrays were thought to have perhaps made a conscious and pragmatic decision to have a foot in both camps, but the evidence presented here shows the brothers possessed a strong rebellious streak. Despite the heavily enforced regime of duty from their father and the Presbyterian piety of their mother, they refused to conform to their parents’ wishes and in varying degrees chose of their own volition, a different path to that expected of them.

Set against the backdrop of social unrest and anxiety over against English influence in Scotland, these choices had a significant impact on the history of the family and because of who that family was, a significant impact on the country.

An interesting look at the rising - what lead to it and during it.

NetGalley, Alexandra Roth

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Rosalind Anderson has undertaken a piece of history, that is so often overlooked, and given it a breath of fresh air. Scottish history of any type can be difficult to write. Thankfully, the Jacobite Rebellion has been well documented.

The role of the Murray family was profound, and the many different nuances that they underwent. I was fully drawn into this book, as the details given flowed perfectly throughout.

In many books, it is easy to get lost, especially when there are so many names and places to remember. While this book is full of each, I didn't find myself losing where I was, or who was who.

Well worth the read!

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

About Rosalind Anderson

Rosalind Anderson graduated from Stirling University with a BA Hons in History. She worked as an officer manager for a Stirling based Press and Photo Agency, during which time she married and had two children. Since 2012 she has worked for Historic Environment Scotland as a steward where she also developed an education tour on the 1715 Rising. This is her first book.

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