The Jacobite Rebellion
of 1745-1746 took place under the command of Prince Charles Edward Stuart,
and was the last attempt of the Stuarts to reclaim the throne of Great
Britain and Ireland. This rebellion threw Scotland into such turmoil
that it effectively ended the Highland Clan system as it had existed for
centuries. After the rebellion Highland dress and weapons were banned,
Clan Chiefs lost authority, Clan lands were broken up and cleared, clansmen
were expelled, and sheep started filling the Highlands. The Battle of
Culloden was essentially the last gasp of the old Highland/Celtic/Gaelic
As a confederation of living historians, we come together each year to
recreate this period in history and bring it to life for ourselves and
the general public.
This document was created to provide you with the basic information you
need to participate in 1745 Jacobite Rebellion living history. Please
feel free to ask questions about anything contained herein. This
material is not in depth, and is only an outline for your work.
You will need to learn about the rich history of the Jacobite Rebellion
from your own reading and research.
THESE GUIDELINES ARE THE RULES WHICH GOVERN ALL UNITS AND INDIVIDUALS
IN THE ARMY OF KING JAMES, THE “JACOBITES”. THESE RULES
MUST BE ADHERED TO BY ALL PARTICIPANTS. ADDITIONAL SITE AND SAFETY
RULES MAY APPLY. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THESE REQUIREMENTS
BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO ATTEND THE NEXT EVENT. BEFORE ALL ELSE, SAFETY
AND CREDIBILITY ARE PARAMOUNT.
The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion weekend each spring has become the premier
Scottish Living History event in North America. Participation is
limited to pre-registered, organized units. If you have not joined
a participating Clan or unit, please pick one that suits your interests
and join. Unaffiliated individuals desiring to participate will
be approved on a case by case basis. ALL portrayals by groups or
individuals must be related to known participants in Jacobite Rebellion
of 1745, either as recreations of actual people from the events or as
a well-researched interpretation of a type of person involved.
These guidelines include a list of the basic equipment and clothing
you are likely to need or should know about. Work within your Clan
or unit to find out more about how and where you can join in. We
encourage participation by all those interested in Scottish Living History.