The First Jacobite Rebellion

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One day on our holiday to Scotland, we visited Perth and the popular Blackwatch museum. This is where I was first introduced to the Jacobite rebellion. Cue hours of happy history hunting!

This museum is absolutely full to the brim of Scottish history!

Where they began

James II & VII was King of England and King of Ireland as James II, and King of Scotland as James VII.

The Black Watch was an infantry unit that was created in the aftermath of the First Jacobite Rebellion in 1715. What was the Jacobite rebellion? It was the attempt by James Edward Stuart, (James III and VIII),  to regain the throne of EnglandIreland and Scotland for the exiled Stuarts.

The start of it all:

James ll & Vll were deposed of the throne in 1688 and were replaced with his daughter Mary ll and her husband William of Orange:

William summoned a Convention Parliament to decide how to handle James’s flight. It convened on 22 January 1689.While the Parliament refused to depose him, they declared that James, having fled to France and dropped the Great Seal into the Thames, had effectively abdicated, and that the throne had thereby become vacant. To fill this vacancy, James’s daughter Mary was declared Queen; she was to rule jointly with her husband William, who would be King


Then because of the Act of Settlement in 1701, James Francis Edward Stuart was excluded from the Succession. This ‘Act of Settlement’ made sure that only a protestant would be on the throne. This meant the line of succession went:

Queen Mary died of smallpox 1694 and by 1700 her husband William was dying. Mary’s sister, Anne, was the last Stuart monarch and her heir was the distant relative Sophia of Hanover, James 1 granddaughter. Sadly, Sophia died and her son, George, Elector of Hanover, became George l and the pro-Hanoverian Wigs controlled government for the next 30 years.

In 1689, James II & VII landed in Ireland to try and win his kingdoms back but he was defeated at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690, when William arrived personally leading an army against him. James returned to France and spent the rest of his life there at Saint Germain. Because he deserted his Irish supporters, James became known in Ireland as Séamus an Chaca or “James the sh*t”.


More attempts in favor of James

Some supporters in England attempted to assassinate William III to restore James II & VII to the throne in 1696, but the plot failed and the backlash made James’s cause less popular. In 1696, Louis XIV of France offered to have James elected King of Poland. James rejected the offer, fearing that accepting the Polish crown might (in the minds of the English people) disqualify him from being King of England. After this, Louis XIV chose to no longer offer assistance to him.

James death

James II & VII died on the 16th September 1701 of a brain haemorrhage.


James Francis Edward

So many James’, it can get confusing!

Well James’ son, James Francis Edward or JFE for short, was recognised as king at his father’s death by Louis XIV of France and James’s remaining supporters (later known as Jacobites) as “James III and VIII”.

War began again when JFE led a rising in Scotland in 1715 shortly after George I’s accession to the throne, but was defeated. Jacobites rose again in 1745 led by Charles Edward Stuart, James II’s grandson, and were again defeated.[178] The risings were the last serious attempts to restore the Stuart dynasty.

These were the last serious uprisings. The house of Robertson were involved with the uprisings, especially the later ones. You can read about this here.

Henry Benedict Stuart, the Dean of the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, was the last of James II’s legitimate descendants and no relative has publicly acknowledged the Jacobite claim since his death in 1807.

I hope you do not have a headache after the information you read there and that you managed to make sense of the all of the different James’! Let me know what you thought!


Dunalastair House

Such an interesting place!

Back in March, me and my family visited Scotland. My father asked me to look up some places that I really wanted to visit. I found this place on google maps and it intrigued me.

As you can see in the above pictures, the beautiful building is mostly in ruins, just an empty shell. There was an earie silence that surrounded this place, only inhabited now by creatures that take shelter under the rubble and damaged roofs.

So why is it in such a state?

Mount Alexander


Here you can see the old building, the house before Dunalastair house. Little is known of this house. This image can be seen in TH. H Shepherd’ s book “Modern Athens”. The book states that this place was named Mount Alexander by its ancestor, the poet Strowan, the 13th Chief of the Robertson clan. The principal public rooms are described in this as each being about 30 feet by 20, but little else is known of the building.


Mount Alexander

The house was only in family possession until 1745, when the 19th chief was forced into exile as we learn below.

Involvement in the Jacobite rising

The rising in the 1700’s and this house had close ties. Alexander Robertson the poet, became the chief of the family in 1688, when he was roughly 18 years old, which was just before the first Jacobite revolt. Alexander’s mother in Carie actually wrote to his uncle for help in dissuading him from joining this rebellion. Did that work? No. Alexander spent time in exile between 1690 and 1703 for the first time and then again between 1715-1726. Alexander, on his return aided the Jacobites in 1745 and led 140 men until he realised he was too old for war. Unfortunately he still paid the price because his house was still burnt down that same year, along with Carie and another of his houses.

Alexander only rebuilt Carie and hid there until he died in 1749, roughly aged 70-85 years old!

To learn more about his life, click this link!


General Sir John Macdonald of Dalchosnie

This General took over the house in 1853 when George Duncan Robertson sold the house, the chief of the Robertsons in 1853 . Sir John tore down the house that was there and had this house that is now in ruins, built.

The man above is the architect who designed the house, Andrew Heiton and it is dated 1852.

“It consists of a large baronial mansion with a central round tower containing the main entrance door, and wings extending to the rear enclosing a central courtyard. It was occupied until 1952 and then abandoned; the owner is reported to have said that he would like to see the building restored, although this is going to be difficult to achieve since he is also reported as not wanting to see parts of the estate subject to adverse development (i.e not able to be converted to flats or a hotel) and would probably want to limit the amount of land to be sold with the house. The majority of the roof has collapsed and the first floor joists are in a perilous condition as well” – The Castle Guy

Second World War

After World War I there were insufficient staff available to run the house and estate. Then in the second world war, the house was requisitioned as a Polish Boys’ school and then a girls’ school. Unfortunately the house was damaged in this time and there was even a fire in the drawing room! This meant the loss of a Millias painting.

Not much more is known about this house other than this.

I am no historian, only a person with an interest and love for history. I have tried to make sure that the information I have given is correct and the most updated information I could find. If you do find any errors, please message me at Thank you

Bristol City Centre

Bristol has got to be one of my favourite cities to visit and explore. Let me explain and show you why…

Plenty to see…

When we spent the day in Bristol, we chose to use the red top bus sightseeing tour. They took us on a big tour that took us around the city, passing sights such as:

St Nicholas Market
The Clifton Suspension Bridge

Unfortunately we didn’t go through the Zoo on this bus – they may have had a few stowaways as we were leaving haha.

St Nicholas Market


“St Nicholas Markets, also known as St Nicks Market, has Bristol’s largest collection of independent retailers. We were also named Britain’s Best Large Indoor Market in 2016.” St Nicholas Markets

In my video, I only show a small portion of the markets but i do mention a company called Eat A Pitta. I remember them from when me and my family visited a few years ago. It is no wonder they are immensely popular! You can pick no fault with the food they offer. None at all.


I have only been to the EAP in St Nicholas Markets but I am aware they have other locations around Bristol. The food is fresh, and is displayed in such a way that you are enticed in. Their team are so lovely and friendly. They also are very generous with their portions!

This company are devoted to being as Eco Friendly a possible! 99% of their packaging is compostable and 100% of the energy they use is from renewable sources. Isn’t that fantastic!

The Clifton Suspension Bridge

“The Bridge’s construction began on 21 June 1831 but work was delayed due to a lack of money. In October 1831, rioting in Bristol caused investors to lose confidence in the project which led to work on the Bridge stopping for four years.”Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

The bridge had many setbacks and was completed on December 8th 1864, 2 years after Brunel’s death in 1859. Brunel was recorded saying that this was his “first child, my darling“. For me, that makes it so sad that he never got see his baby finished. The Institute of Civil Engineers were obviously touched by this too because they were determined to complete this bridge in his memory, as a monument to his life and work. To learn more, click on this link.

Lots to see!

There are lots of things to do too if you’re not in to busy markets or heights.

Have you ever been to Bristol? What did you think of it, if you have been?