The Battle of Glenshiel

The Jacobite Rising in 1719

Jonathan Worton

Glenshiel: The Jacobite Rising in 1719 reconstructs this least well known of the Jacobite rebellions, including the decisive battle fought in the mountainous Scottish Highlands.
Date Published :
February 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Century of the Soldier
Illustration :
5 color plates, 30 b/w ills, 26 b/w photos, 4 maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912174973
Pages : 230
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


Glenshiel: The Jacobite Rising in 1719 takes a fresh view of this curious and remarkable, but part-forgotten engagement. It was fought on 10 June 1719, during the long daylight hours of a summer evening in the mountainous western Highlands of Scotland. Glenshiel was the main and decisive engagement of the 1719 Jacobite rising, the fourth attempt by supporters in Scotland to restore the exiled house of Stuart to the throne of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Led by a disunited group of clan chieftains and Scots notables returned from Continental exile, the Highlanders forming most of the Jacobite army at Glenshiel opposed forces of the government of King George I. These included regular soldiers of the British Army, as well as contingents of Highlanders loyal to the Georgian regime.

With Scots fighting on both sides, the 1719 rising was on one hand a civil war, a continuation of the Jacobite wars, a protracted period of intermittent political and armed conflict affecting the British Isles from the late seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries; and on the other hand was an extension of the wider European war of the Quadruple Alliance, ranging the powers of Great Britain, France, the Netherlands and Imperial Austria against Spain. For these reasons a battalion of white-coated Spanish infantry fought beside Jacobite clansmen at Glenshiel, while there were Dutch infantrymen in the opposing ranks of the government army.

Glenshiel today remains a remote place with a natural grandeur surpassing any other historically identified British battlefield.

Historians have paid much less attention to the 1719 rising than to the much better-known rebellions of 1715-16 and 1745-46. Indeed, the fullest account of the 1719 rising was published as long ago as 1895. Glenshiel: The Jacobite Rising in 1719 therefore takes a new and long overdue view of the subject. The background and course of the rising is considered in detail, making use of published and archival sources to reconstruct the likely course of events. Chapters on the leading figures, and on the opposing armed forces, place the battle of Glenshiel within the contexts of the Jacobite period, and of early eighteenth-century European warfare.

Extensively illustrated, including specially commissioned artwork, Glenshiel: The Jacobite Rising in 1719 will appeal to readers drawn to the Jacobite period and to early eighteenth-century military history, to readers generally interested in Scottish and British history, and to the particular interests of model makers, wargamers and living history enthusiasts.

About The Author

Dr Jonathan Worton has a lifelong and wide-ranging interest in Military History. In studying for the PhD from which this book is derived, he explored in particular military and social aspects of the English Civil Wars in the borderlands of Wales. He has lectured on aspects of the period on educational programmes and to various organisations, and has had several articles published. He has acted as an advisor and co-curator on heritage projects and is currently an independent researcher, speaker, writer and educator. Prior to achieving a Masters Degree in Military History - setting him on a fresh career path - Jonathan spent 20 years in industry as a marketing, publicity and graphic design professional. He lives with his family in Shropshire.


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