Jacobites of Perthshire, 1745by Frances McDonnell. Published by Clearfield Publishing Co., 200 E. Eager Street, Baltimore MD 21202. 1999 viii, 78 pp. Index. Softcover. $10 Plus $3.50 p&h.
With Bonnie Prince Charlie's return to Scotland in 1745 the aristocracy of Perthshire rallied to support the House of Stewart. Much of this support centered on the Murrays of Atholl and the Duke of Perth. The bulk of the men from Perthshire who participated in the rebellion were from their two regiments. The Jacobite army fluctuated greatly in numbers depending upon recruitments and desertions. No accurate numbers of the size of the armies at the battles exist. This book gives information about the Jacobites who have been identified from records. These records include Colonial Office papers, State Papers, and Treasury documents all at the Public Record Office, plus Gifts and Deposits in the Scottish Record Office. Some of the records also include details of transportation to the colonies.
The information for each Jacobite can vary from a couple of lines to half a page. A typical entry reads - CAMPBELL, DANIEL, aged 19, 2nd Battalion, Atholl Brigade, transported 31 Mar 1747 from Tilbury to Barbados, in Frere, P.2.90, MR.22. The sources of all entries are given so researchers can examine the original documentation. A key to the documentation is provided in the introduction. A good resource for those seeking ancestors in Perthshire during the mid 1700's.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.7 no.2, 2000