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Letter from Bradley King

Hello, I am wondering if anyone has any information on what happened to the prisoners who where transported on the ship Johnson in 1747 to Port Oxford, MD? I asume they were sold but to whom and where did they go? I am interested specifically in James King, b. 1726, who was in the Duke of Perth’s regiment and taken after Culloden.


Bradley King

Plaque St George’s Gardens London

Many of you will be aware of the 1745 Association’s plan to place a plaque in St George’s Gardens, London. The plaque is to honour the memory of 17 men of Prince Charles’ army who were put to death on Kennington Common in 1746.

The men, with the exception of one, are buried in St George’s gardens. The one exception is Francis Towneley, Colonel of the Manchester Regiment who is buried not far away in the grounds of Old St Pancras Church.
St George’s Gardens is situated about ten minutes walk from Kings Cross station and the unveiling ceremony will take place on 25 April 2015 at 1230. After the unveiling it is hoped but not yet certain that those who wish will repair to the Foundling Museum for a spot of lunch in the cafe.
Further details and ultimate confirmation will appear here in due course.
All interested, whether members of the Association or not, are invited to attend.
Steve Lord (treasurer)

BPC –Arran Johnston– Film

Many of you will know of and some will have  met Arran Johnston of the Prestonpans Heritage Trust. Arran plays a very convincing Prince Charles Edward on many occasions and recently sent me this message. Hit the link and see what you think

Steve Lord


Hi Steve,
Hope you’re well and that you enjoyed your travels!

In case you are interested, I’m working with a team creating a new independent feature film charting the Prince’s campaign from France to Derby, focussing on his relationships with O’Sullivan and Murray and how the power balance began to shift within the high command as the march progressed. I’ve co-written the script and am also taking the role of BPC in the production.

We’re zealously trying to raise funds at the moment, and have a crowd-funding campaign running through February to help make it a reality:

Maggie Craig has already made a generous contribution, and there are reward options for donations of all sizes (including DVDs, signed film stills, premier tickets etc). If you could help us to spread the word it would be much appreciated – we’re determined to do this story justice!

Much obliged,


Jacobite Talk in London

I also have this letter from Ian Peter MacDonald of Lyon and Turnbull

Dear Steve

I enjoyed our chat this afternoon and hope you have a good time in that London town.

As we discussed I would like to make members of the 1745 Association aware of the talk by Prof Hugh Cheape at the Caledonian Club on the 25th February entitled “Being a Jacobite and showing your allegiance – This is the time the prophecy has been proven: recollecting the 1715”. I have attached a flyer for this event.

It should be a fascinating presentation from an enormously knowledgeable man, who has written various books and curated various relevant exhibitions in his time at The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Please can you pass this on to the Association so that they are aware of the talk and those interested can book to come along..

I have attached below a link through to the webpage for our own Jacobite sale in May. We would be delighted to hear from any parties who may wish to buy or sell Jacobite artefacts  in this sale.

with much best wishes

Ian Peter

Ian Peter MacDonald
Lyon & Turnbull
78 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5ES


Mobile:  07791 553 144

Tel: 0207 930 9115

Fax: 0207 930 7274

Registered in Scotland No. 191166

The link for the flyer is here. It does not work very well but good enough




Books for Sale

I have a letter from Mr James Gilmartin who informs me that he is interested in selling the following books

The History of the Rebellion1745 and 1746 by Andrew Henderson. The date on the fly leaf is 1748

Mr Gilmartin says that this book “came into my possession recently. It was given to me to enquire into by a friend who’s father it belonged to who rescued it from an ignoble grave in a council tip.”

The other book is named “The Cochrane Correspondence 1745 -6” outlining the situation in the lowlands around Glasgow at the time of the rebellion with facsimile letters to and from the main characters.

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Mr Gilmartin is not a member of the association and although I have no reason to doubt what he says neither I nor the association take any responsibility for the outcome of any dealings you may have with him.

Mr Gilmartin’s email address is

He indicated to me that he would be happy to negotiate around the £300.00 mark for both books

Steve Lord

Jacobite Tartans

I’m surprised that there’s nothing on the website about tartans connected to the Jacobite era or Prince Charles Edward in particular. Is there a particular reason for this? I have written papers on a number of such pieces: they are available on my website.

At the moment I am working on a project to collate the disparate fragments of the plaid left by the Prince at Moy Hall which the eventual aim or making an accurate reconstruction. I wonder if it is possible to discuss this project via the website (on the research page?) which may hopefully turn up some additional specimens amongst member.

Regards  Peter

Peter Eslea MacDonald Tartan Historian


Potential House Building – Clifton Battle Site

There is a planning application to Eden Council for the building of houses very close to the so called “Rebel Tree” and  on part of the battle site at Clifton in Cumbria.


The planning application number is 14/0656 and comments etc must be submitted by 1 Sept so I apologise to those of you who might like to personally do so.

The 1745 association has submitted comments under the auspices of the Chair.

Dear Mr Hutchinson

On behalf of The 1745 Association, I wish to express concern about the proposal to build houses on the site of the Battle of Clifton, 1746. The developers and those commissioned by them acknowledge the importance of this historical site, which we argue should be protected on the following grounds:-

​1. Conservation of the erroneously named “hanging tree”. This is more accurately described as the “rebel tree”, where Jacobite soldiers are believed to have been buried. It is therefore a memorial site for the fallen.

2. The tree is also mentioned in the Tree Survey, which states,” It is understood to have historical/heritage status.”

3. Wardell Armstrong archaeologists report that the proposed building site will infringe upon the battle site, where soldiers from both armies are likely to have been buried.

Based on these facts and the availability of more appropriate sites beyond the area of the battlefield, we oppose this planning application in the interests of protecting a site of significant importance in the history of our nation.

I would be most grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this letter and register this as an objection to the planning application for development at the site of the “rebel tree”.



This was supplemented by the following:-

The 1745 Association is a long standing organisation that studies the Jacobite period, records and preserves the memory of those who participated in the Jacobite Rising of 1745/6 and endeavours to mark the appropriate historical sites.

As such we regard the proposal to build houses on an important historical battlefield site as a matter of concern and should not be approved until further archaeological investigations are carried out to establish whether the site includes the graves of the fallen at the Battle of Clifton and / or battlefield artefacts that merit permanent conservation in situ. If this does prove to be the case, then the site should be conserved as a site of historic importance.There is plenty of undeveloped land in Cumbria which is one of the least populated counties in the country so to build on a battle site is simply not necessary.

The developers and those commissioned by them have appreciated that the area is of historical importance:-

​1. In the design and access statement mention is made of the tree. They have its name wrong but at least they take notice of it and protect its space. “It is proposed to retain and create a focal landscaped feature of the ‘Hanging Tree’ to the north of the site, which will extend to approximately 50 metres in diameter, encompassing the root protection area of the tree.”

​ On a point of accuracy the tree is not the “hanging tree”. No one was hanged at Clifton. The tree is the “rebel tree” after the soldiers of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s (Bonnie Prince Charlie’s) army who are buried there.

2. The tree is also mentioned in the Tree Survey. “T1 (oak) is a very old tree (probably to be considered ancient or veteran) with a large approximately 150cm diameter at breast height. There are numerous dead and fallen branches, rot holes, crown dieback and ivy around the base. Note that its root protection area has been calculated to be 18m radius from the tree stem. It is understood to have historical/ heritage status.”

3. The statement from Wardell Armstrong archaeology makes it quite clear that the proposed building site will cover part of the battle site and also states that there is a strong possibility that men from both sides of the conflict are buried there. (see Section 3,2.22 ofWardell’s statement to be found in the pdf marked “information” at the left hand side of the middle line of the attachments “View Plans and Documents”) ​

Extract from “The ’45” by Christopher Duffy

(for info regarding C. Duffy’s credentials please see


” One sergeant and twelve men of the MacPhersons lost their lives, and the five dead who are buried at the southern end of the village by the “Rebel Tree” are almost certainly of that clan. A Whig volunteer describes them as being discovered by “some frolicsome” soldiers who “dug a deep hole in the ground, and put one of them into it with his feet downwards, and so filled the earth about his body that nothing but his head and shoulders were above the earth and in that position they left him.”* Many years later “Old Rachael of Perth”( who died in 1823 at the age of eighty-nine) identified the spot to Lord Broughham, and told him that she had seen them all laid side by side in one grave, under a tree.”**

* Lord Egmont, 13 January 1746, HMC, Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont, III, 312,


** Ferguson, W.C., 1889, 212

The key point of our objection is the loss of an important area of the last combat ever fought in England. The emphasis on the Hanging Tree is misleading, as nobody was hanged there, all the dozen or so Jacobite fatalities were through combat, and there is no firm attribution of the burial site. The archaeological report emphases ‘structures,’ whereas the requirement is for a thorough bullet sweep by trained and responsible detectorists. (Duffy)

We regret the limited time available for comment, in view of the August holiday season. This has prevented any intervention by the English Battlefields Trust, whom we believe share our concerns.

The 1745 Association is of the opinion that much could be made of the site in terms of education and tourism if the full potential of the site and its place in the history of The UK was realised. We recognise that in the past Lowther Estates has a record of responsible stewardship, and point out that the 1745 Association is in a position to

lend positive help to any initiative to exploit the tourist potential of this historic site.

At the very least the developers ought to have the site fully investigated for human remains and historical artefacts. If then the council still decides to approve the plan for building either in full or in part the developers might be persuaded to provide money under Section 106 of The Town & Country Planning Act 1990. Such money could contribute towards the development of this site as a useful historical public amenity.The 1745 Association would be happy to help provide information and guidance in this matter

In the light of the above, the 1745 Association objects to the plans detailed in this planning application as they currently appear



Houses to be built at Clifton –surely not!!

I was contacted recently by Mr Frederick Cameron Wilson regarding a proposal to build 40 houses close to the “rebel” tree, battle site and grave site in the village of Clifton. Planning permission has not yet been sought but a public meeting has been held in the village.

Mr Cameron Wilson is a free lance photographer and hold many of the aims and sentiments of the 1745 Association to heart. He was present for part of the time at the Association’ s Gathering in Penrith some years ago.

Dr Christopher Duffy has informed the Battlefield’s Trust who are interested in the matter of course and are taking it seriously.

Any of you who live in the area might like to keep an eye on the press etc for developments

Steve Lord



1745 Association Cairn Loch nan Uamh

The pathway and steps to the cairn at Loch nam Uamh have recently been refurbished. As the cairn is some distance from the road and is also the most visited of the the cairns and memorials in the care of the Association it is important that the access path is kept in a safe condition.

The refurbishment cost a little more than £1000.00 but was money well spent as I am sure members will agree after looking at the photos of the completed work.

Photographs courtesy of Christian Aikman

Steve Lord

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Newly Published Book.

May I draw members attention to a newly published work from Lady Mary McGrigor entitled; “Doctor Archie; The Life and Times of Doctor Archibald Cameron, The Last Man to Die for the Jacobite Cause.”

The subject of the book is self explanatory and while I have, as yet, not received my copy I am greatly looking forward to reading it, later this week. It has been given good reviews thus far. Archie Cameron is a greatly under valued character of  Jacobite History, who I was originally introduced too in D.K. Broster’s Jacobite Trilogy a fictional account of the happenings in the ’45 Rising, in the early days of my interest in Jacobitism. I hoped that he may have escaped  the executioner’s clutches, but of course, this was not to be. Oh the innocence of youth!

The book may be obtained from Sonia Cameron Jacks, Ceol Mara, Ardesier, by Inverness, 1V2 7RU. Please send the remittance of £11.50 (£9.50 for the book and £2.00 P.&P.) Sonia is, of course, a member of long standing and I thank her for putting me in touch with Mary.

Brian (Editor of The Jacobite.)

House Building Culloden Field

Dear members

Just had a call from a lady called Anne Stewart (not a member– lives in Edinburgh) who is concerned about the prospect of new houses being built at the edge of Culloden field
I am sorry to say this has escaped my notice. Does anyone know much about it?  Does the Assn have a position on the matter? I think we should.
Comments will be welcome
Steve Lord


Mr & Mrs Peter Henderson

Dear all

I had a letter from Mr Peter Henderson recently enclosing his next two years’ subscription. Mr & Mrs Henderson have been members since about 1976 and used to attend gatherings regularly despite living in British Columbia. They remember their friends Christian Aikman and the late Miss Barbara Fairweather in particular. Unfortunately owing to age Mr & Mrs Henderson are no longer able to travel to attend gatherings but express their continued interest in the association and tell me they enjoy receiving “The Jacobite”.

The two of them express their best wishes to the association and especially to those amongst us who remember them

Steve Lord



Lost Lady of Old Years — John Buchan

Dear All

I had a “Letter from America” recently. It was from Ms Yvonne Divak who is a member. She kindly sent me a Christmas card along with her subscription for 2014. In the card she mentioned a book entitled “The Lost Lady of Old Years” by John Buchan. I have not come across this book before despite it being by such a famous author so I was intrigued.

The book is available on-line at

Ms Divak is interested in discussing the book with any member who has read it so if you have and would like to respond her email address is

Ms Divak may well post here but I have her permission to do so on her behalf as well

Steve Lord




Blunderbuss Culloden

This may be of interest to members

Steve Lord

To Members of the 1745 Association

Invitation to ‘Secrets of Culloden’ – Tuesday 3 December

Perhaps you will have driven past the battlefield of Culloden or you may even have been to the Culloden Visitor Centre. Would you like to know more about what really happened on that fateful day on 16th 1746?

As you are a supporter of the National Trust for Scotland, I would like to invite you and a guest to attend an event on Tuesday 3 December at 6:30pm which will shed some light on the ‘Secrets of Culloden’ and allow you the chance to view the ‘blunderbuss’ – one of the few remaining objects within the National Trust for Scotland’s care that has direct provenance to the Culloden battlefield.

The blunderbuss is a very early example of its type (a muzzle-loading firearm with a flintlock mechanism and dog lock). The artefact is inscribed ‘Taken at the battle of CULLODEN 16 April 1746 by Captain John Goodenough with 18 balls in it’. This particular blunderbuss would presumably have made a good battle trophy for Capt. John Goodenough, who is known to have served in Blakeney’s 27th

It is thought the gun was taken from a fallen officer after the battle.

This has been on display at Culloden Visitor Centre since 1996 and is now due for sale. The National Trust for Scotland has been offered ‘first refusal’ to purchase. If the Trust is unable to secure funds, the gun will be returned to the owner for sale. The most likely scenario is that it will then be purchased by a collector overseas and possibly removed from Scotland.

The Trust will endeavour to receive half the cost from a grant-maker with the other half dependent on the philanthropy of our members and supporters. It is one of only a small group of objects from the battlefield with powerful associations, providing a tangible link to the past. This item of national significance deserves to be shown where it can be appreciated – at Culloden Visitor Centre.

Please join me and my colleagues, Scott McMaster and Alexander Bennett on Tuesday 3rd December at 6:30pm for a chance to view the blunderbuss up close and discover more about the historical significance of this item and some of the lesser-known ‘Secrets of Culloden’.

I do hope you are able to join us on the evening. Please RSVP by emailing or

call 0844 493 2100 to confirm attendance.

With best wishes,

Emma Inglis, Curator – National Trust for Scotland

Ps. If you are unable to attend on the evening but would still like to keep the blunderbuss at Culloden, donate online at

Jacobite fans research project

Can anyone help with this

Hello, my name is Anita Fairney and I am currently researching Scottish Jacobite women. It was recommended to me by one of the museums in Scotland to contact you. I was wondering whether you, or anyone else in the association, may know about Jacobite Fans. I have located the Fans in Culloden (Drambuie Coll.), West Highland Museum, Scottish National Museum (Chambers st), British Museum, the V&A, Boston Museum and the Fan Museum. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other Jacobite fans, and not just pertaining to the ’45, but from 1688 to 1788? Thank you so much for your assistance.



the West Highland Museum in Fort William


As you know by my previous mail I’ve been touring the Highlands during the week of the 15th…  I’ve planned my trip to include what I reputed the most significant Jacobite places; among them I’ve seen  some museum; the one which has more conquered my attention is the West Highland Museum in Fort William. I’m sure the majority of you already knows it and maybe you’ve also visited it many times. However, since-for which I know-there aren’t posts about it on the Association website, I think to be nice to write down one. (Naturally the Museum has its own website, that’s really nice, but it’s really poor of photos and I’ll try to write something that’s not already there:

The ground floor of the museum is dedicated to a wide variety of subjects. A room is reserved to the british green berets who trained during WWII near Fort William, another room is about the Highland’s fauna, another yet to archaeological findings from the area and a last room, maybe the most interesting, is the reconstruction of how it may have appeared the apartment of the garrison commander of fort William in the last years of the 17th Century. There, among the furniture you can see a banner that should have belonged to the piper of Donald MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart.

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Upstairs there’s a room dedicated to the evolution of the Highland dress, with among other pieces a silver set (belt, crossbelt, broadsword, dirk, sghian dubh, sporran) belonged to John Brown, the Scottish ghillie of queen Victoria, and some memorabilia of the Queen herself.

The remaining part of the floor is wholly sacred to Jacobite History.
Here we can find a wide collection of portraits of Charlie and Henry Benedict and some of James and Clementina. Many interesting print published by the Hannoverian propaganda during the 1745 and a lot of Jacobite miniatures.

Also of great interest a pair of showcase with pieces of tartan, a sporran, some tools and a jacket reputed to have been used by Jacobites, some at Culloden and some other during the Rising.

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In one of this showcase too is exposed a very refined silk waistcoat tailored for Charlie to be used at his triumphal entrance in London, the waistcoat was never worn neither the embroidery completed. In the same showcase is one of Charlie’s bonnet… more black than blue to be sincere…

the little things on the glass pedestal are Charlie’s shoebuckles.

Really near this showcase is exposed the most publicized item of the museum a “secret portrait” of Charles obtained by mirroring a distorted image painted on a table. It was bought from a London antiquarian and its origin is unknown.


Sincerely I found it really nice but I repute much more interesting the bronze plaque hanged at the opposite wall, engraved for the printing of Jacobite paper money during the Rising. Sadly this item too was never used. However, recently a limited circulation of notes have been printed with it for exhibition in museums.


Going on with the visit, if someone would like to enroll himself, there’s also an officer appointment signed by Charles and left blank…


For those who love bagpipes, like me, there’s also a set of pipes that’s said to have played at Culloden and Charlie’s Musette. One of the last showcase presents another bagpipe(largely reconstructed) that should have played at Bannockburn, even if-to my modest opinion-this is quite a pretense…

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The last room is reserved to tools used in agriculture and some pre-industrial spinning wheel… coming back to the ground you can again see some Jacobite broadswords, targes and Lochaber Axes… there are many of them scattered through the whole museum.

Last but not least, I’ve felt really proud when I’ve seen that the museum exposes and sells also something given by our Association: the white cockades.

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Concluding, the museum is really wonderful and I’ve to thank its staff that keep it open for free, that has been most kind chatting with me and that permitted to take these photos.

I hope you enjoy this post as I’ve enjoyed the museum.

Capon Tree monument

Some of you may remember a post I made a while ago about the monument to the Jacobite soldiers executed at Brampton, Nr Carlisle

Mr David Moorat, who is Chair of Brampton parish council has been in touch with me again. They intend to plant an oak tree near the monument to replace the one lost many years ago.

Mr Moorat would be pleased if any members of the 1745 Association were able to attend. Members of the Northumberland Jacobite Soc have also been invited.

The ceremony will be on 21 October 2013. The time of the event has not been decided yet and I will post here and on the Yahoo forum when it has.

Mr Moorat would be particularly pleased if a piper could attend.

Should anyone be available please contact David on 016977 2802 or email or if you prefer post here or to and I will forward the information to David

Steve Lord

Dr Archibald Cameron

Dr Archie plaque

I went to the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy today. This a s most of you will know is where Dr Archibald Cameron of Lochiel is buried after being executed on 7 June 1753.

You may also know that the chapel has undergone a lot of restoration recently and is frequently closed, as it is today (officially anyway)

Last time I went I noticed that the plaque to Dr Archie was missing so I asked about it with not a lot of luck

Today I met the Steward of the chapel , Sqn Ldr Thomas Leyland (he was painting the front door) and he told me the chapel was closed.I persevered and he relented and took me into the chapel where the floor is being taken up.
We then went into “The Queen’s Robing Room” (table from Hampton Court Palace, chairs frmn Windsor Castle and desk from Royal Yacht Brittannia!) where after digging about in a cupboard for a while he unearthed Dr Archies plaque.

Thomas told me that the plaque would not be replaced anytime this year but eventually, along with quite a few others it will be



St George’s Gardens King’s Cross London

Some time ago I visited St George’s Gardens in King’s Cross London. On their website is a list of eight Jacobites, executed at Kennington, who are buried in the gardens.

The website states: “More than a dozen Jacobites were hanged, drawn and quartered on Kennington Common and their headless bodies buried in the gardens, which lie between Judd Street and Gray’s Inn Road. The executed Jacobites known to be buried here are Thomas Siddal, James Dawson, Thomas F Deacon, John Borwick, Thomas David Morgan, Andrew Blydes, Thomas Chadwick and George Fletcher.”

There is no memorial to the Jacobites buried here and I think that perhaps there should be.  As such I am trying to find out exactly who is buried there.

Amongst the resources I have, that mention these executions in detail are The Muster Roll of Prince CES’ Army, Prisoners of the Forty-Five,  The Scottish Antiquary Vol V, 1891 (thanks to Dave Waddell), and History of the Rebellion Robert Chambers.

Sorting out who was executed at Kennington is easier than deciding who was buried at Kings Cross.

Scottish Antiquary (Executed at Kennington)

Name Occupation Rank Military Organization Date of Execution
John Berwick Gentleman Lieutenant Manchester Reg 30 July 1746
Andrew Blood Gentleman Farmer Officer Man. Squadron 30 July 1746
James Bradshaw Merchant Captain Manchester Reg.(Later Elcho’s Lifeguards) 28 Nov. 1746
Thomas Theodorus Deacon Gentleman Officer Manchester Reg. 30 July 1746
George Fletcher Gentleman linendraper Captain Manchester Reg. 30 July 1746
John Hamilton Governor Carlisle 28 Nov. 1746
Donald MacDonald of Kinlochmoydart Gentleman 26 August 1746
David Morgan Barrister-at-law 30 July 1746
Walter Ogilvie Gentleman Lieutenant Ld. Lewis Gordon’s Reg 22 August 1746
Francis Townley Colonel Manchester Reg. 30 July 1746
Sir John Wedderburn Baronet Receiver of Ecxise Ogilvy’s Reg. 28 Nov. 1746
Andrew Wood Gentleman Captain Roy Stuart’s Reg. 28 Nov. 1746


That’s twelve people. Of the ones listed on the St George’s Gardens website three are not listed in Scottish Antiquary. These are Thomas Siddall, James Dawson and Thomas Chadwick. I think we can accept Andrew Blydes as Andrew Blood as he is referred to by that name elsewhere, John Borwick is John Berwick sometimes referred to as John Berswick.


Prisoners of the Forty-Five (Executed at Kennington)

Al l those  listed above from Scottish Antiquary are also listed in “Prisoners”.  Others  are listed below. Hamilton and MacDonald (in italics) are listed below only because their date of execution is at variance with “Antiquary” This list now accounts for those listed by St George’s website who are missing from “Antiquary”.

Name Rank Regiment Date of Execution
Thomas Chadwick Captain Manchester 30 July 1746
James Dawson Ensign Manchester 30 July 1746
John Hamilton Colonel   15  Nov. 1746
Alexander Leith Captain Glenbucket’s 28 Nov. 1746
Donald MacDonald Captain Keppoch’s 22 Aug. 1746
James Nicholson Lieutenant Perth’s 2 Aug. 1746
Thomas Siddall Manchester 30 July 1746


“Prisoners” also states that 17 “English” Officers were tried on 15 July 1746 and of those, nine were executed on 30 July. Taking both lists into consideration we do indeed have nine men who were executed on that date. The Muster Roll of PCES’ Army agrees the names nine men who were executed on 30 July. Robert Chambers agrees.

So we now have a list of the nine men, eight of whom are listed by the St George’s website. The one missing is Colonel Francis Townley and The Gentleman’s Magazine states

After he had hung for six minutes, he was cut down, and, having life in him, as he lay on the block to be quartered, the executioner gave him several blows on the breast, which not having the effect designed, he immediately cut his throat : after which he took his head off then ripped him open, and took out his bowels and threw them into the fire which consumed them, then he slashed his four quarters, put them with the head into a coffin, and they were deposited till Saturday, August 2nd, when his head was put on Temple Bar, and his body and limbs suffered to be buried.”

It is not clear to me where Townley’s body is buried.

Probably buried in St George’s gardens

Name Occupation Rank Regiment Date of Execution
John Berwick Gentleman Lieutenant Manchester 30 July 1746
Andrew Blood Gentleman Farmer Officer Manchester 30 July 1746
Thomas Deacon Gentleman Officer Manchester 30 July 1746
George Fletcher Gentleman linendraper Captain Manchester 30 July 1746
David Morgan Barrister-at-law Captain Manchester 30 July 1746
Thomas Chadwick Captain Captain Manchester 30 July 1746
James Dawson Ensign Ensign Manchester 30 July 1746
Thomas Siddall Manchester 30 July 1746


I do not know how those responsible for St George’s gardens know that those executed on 30 July with the exception of Col. Townley are buried there. Nor do I know why they do not think others executed at Kennington at a later date are not buried there. I will write and ask them.

In the meantime I should be pleased to hear comments on this work so far. Any further information would be most welcome.


Steve Lord



Inverness Library

This may be of interest to members



I am e-mailing to let the association know about an event at Inverness Library which may be of interest to your members. On Monday 12th August at 2pm we will be joined by Cape Breton University Press who will be promoting two new publications on the Highland Clearances (see attached) I would be much obliged if you would be so kind as to let colleagues/members know about the event. To book places or for more information please contact me by e-mail or telephone Inverness Library on 01463 236463.

Best wishes Julie Corcoran


Julie Corcoran Network Librarian- Inverness Library, High Life Highland, Inverness ibrary, Farraline Park, Inverness

T: 01463 236463



“Lost” Jacobite documents

I have this through the website to me. I don’t have time to handle it but perhaps someone does


Dear “45” Assoc,

Would your organization be interested in lost historical information associated to the “45” and the rediscovery of art found from the “45”? Would your association be interested in some wonderful documents pertaining to Jacobite art. Best regards, Gary Gianotti




Dr Archibald Cameron

1745 Association member Mrs Sonia Cameron Jacks who many of you know well has had “a lifelong interest” in Dr Arcibald Cameron the brother of Donald Cameron of Lochiel. She has written a booklet entitled “The Last Jacobite Martyr” on the life and untimely death of Dr Archie

The booklet is 28 pages long, well worth a read and is available from Sonia for £3.75 inc postage (in UK) from Sonia at

Ceol Mara,  Ardesier, by Inverness, IV2 7RU

Cheques drawn on a UK bank made out to Sonia Cameron Jacks please. 

Sonia has made no mention of posting overseas but if anyone outside the UK  wants one I’ll see what can be done

Steve Lord

A New Walking Book

I had this letter through the website recently so I thought members might like to see it as well. No doubt a number of you heard the R4 item recently
Steve Lord
Hi Steve,
Hope you are well. Like yourself I have followed in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Last year I walked over 530 miles following his trail after the Battle of Culloden. The book is called ‘Charlie, Meg and Me’ and has recently been published by Luath Press in Edinburgh. The trek was a great adventure and your journies came to mind as I wandered through the landscape.
The book has had good publicity in Scotland, and nationally the best interview I have had so far was on Radio 4’s Saturday Live show. Just the one review so far but it was a good one, in this months Scottish Field Magazine.
However I was wondering whether you could help me reach Jacobite enthusiasts, potentially an audience who would take a greater interest in the book.
Kind Regards
Gregor Ewing

MacGillvary connections

I had a question come to me perhaps someone can help?


I came across your page, based on the page for the Bonnie Prince Charlie long march. My mother is a MacGillvary, and her ancestors came from the Arisaig / Glen Mama area. There might be a connection to John Mor McGilvray who fell at Culloden, based on an obituary in 1860 from Prince Edward Island. I was wondering if there is much historical research done by the Association, as records are quite sparse and I am interested in finding out more. In addition to MacGillvray ancestry, I have McEachern, McRae and McKinnon ancestry, most likely from Moidart – all staunch Jacobites and all forced out during the Clearances, and settled in Prince Edward Island.



My reply

As you probably know John Mor McGilivray was a major in Lady Anne MacIntosh’s regiment. He was killed at Culloden.

There is a ref to him In “Lyon in Mourning” vol ii p 280
“The late Glenaladale told the Revd. D.Macintosh, that he saw the Major of the Mackintoshes a gun-shot past the enemy’s cannon at Culloden Muir. The Major’s name was John MacGilvrae”
That is the only ref. I know for him I am sorry to say. I will post your letter and my reply on our website and maybe someone with clan connections can help

Margaret Thatcher —Jacobite connections!!


This came to me via another Jacobite forum courtesy of 1745 Association member Stelios Rigopoulos.


IMPROBABLE as it may sound – to Scots in particular – former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, was almost certainly a lineal descendent of the Irish Quartermaster General of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite Army!

Colonel John William O’Sullivan, from County Kerry, was one of the Prince’s principal companions in the ill-fated Jacobite Rising of 1745.

Read the rest of the article in the link below

Steve Lord

I apologise that the article to which this link connects no longer has the news about Lady Thatcher. Perhaps it was a spoof althuogh I di not think o. I left a messaeg with the Lochan=ber news but they have not responded.