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Gresham College: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites


About this lecture

Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’) is one of the most recognisable and romanticised figures of British history. Born in Rome as a Catholic prince on 31 December 1720, he led the Jacobite Rising of 1745, which came closer than anyone expected to changing Great Britain irrevocably. 

Professor Pittock will ask what kind of man was Charles, what were his ideas and day to day life like, what might have happened if he had won in 1745, and what even in defeat his legacy changed for Britain and its Empire.

Professor Murray Pittock

Murray is Scottish History Adviser and a board member of the National Trust for Scotland and holds the Bradley Chair of English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is a former Chatterton Lecturer at the British Academy and BP Humanities prizewinner of the Royal Society of Edinburgh of which he is a Fellow. Murray is a regular broadcaster, including a number of Jacobite-related programmes for In Our Time.

His research includes groundbreaking books on Jacobite armies, literature and material culture, on national cultures, the construction of Celtic identities and the existence and nature of a distinctive Scottish Romanticism. He is currently working on a history of the British Army in Scotland after 1746 and The Global History of Scotland.

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