Financing a Revolution - the untold story of the Rising of 1745

When & Where

Thursday, 5 December 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
National Museum of Scotland - 3rd Floor "Scotland Transformed", Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

Event Details

On December 5th 1745: the Jacobite army under Bonnie Prince Charlie reaches Derby, just 120 miles north of London.

On December 5th 2019 we will commemorate the high point of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 in a tour starting on the third floor of the Royal Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street, Edinburgh under the Culloden banners (the standard of Barrel's regiment and the Stewart of Appin regimental banner display) at the "Scotland Transformed" display.

The event is free and open to all, and tickets are available at:

The programme:

12:30 PM: Financing a Revolution – the untold story of the ‘45. Michael Nevin, Chairman of The 1745 Association, tells the story that is left out of the history books – that the real reason that the Rising of 1745 finally failed was simply because the Jacobites ran out of money. As the Jacobite soldiers engaged in their final battle on a bitterly cold morning at Culloden, they were starving, penniless, poorly armed and exhausted after an abortive night march on Nairn. Prince Charlie's most loyal right-hand man, Col John William O'Sullivan, concluded in his narrative that “Nobody that knows anything about military matters could imagine that six or seven thousand men, who for so long had suffered without money or food, and who had been discouraged and harassed as they had been two days before, could resist in a ranged battle against twice that number of regular troops that wanted for nothing.”

In this half-hour tour, we draw on the narrative of O'Sullivan, who as Quartermaster-General of the Jacobite Army was responsible for its supplies, and the magnificent exhibits in the Royal Museum to tell the remarkable story of how the Rising was financed, and the roles played in it by the Hanoverian Royal Bank of Scotland and its first cashier, John Campbell, and by the Jacobite Bank of Scotland.


We will then take our leave of the museum, and take a short walk to the site of the Old Mercat Cross, on the city's famous Royal Mile, where Kevin Smith will continue with the following stories.

A. The proclamation of Bonnie Prince Charlie's father James, as the rightful king of Great Britain, September 1745.

B. The burning of the Jacobite banners captured at Culloden in April 1746.

C. A minutes silence by the Assocation’s members and guests, in remembrance of the fallen of both sides of the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46.

1:40 PM (APPROX).

We will then disperse, and those wishing to continue in conversation and friendship are cordially invited to join members of our Association's Council at the famous Deacon Brodies pub on the Royal Mile.

Our new e - jacobite membership will be available with 1745 Association six-petalled White Rose lapel badge under a special Christmas Offer Deal - £7 for both for 2020!

After lunch, you then may wish to go Christmas shopping in Auld Reekie along the Royal Mile or Princes Street!!

A video of the Association's commemoration of the 330th Anniversary of the Battle of Dunkeld (August 1689) can be seen at:


Michael Nevin
0131 552 6089



Event Location

National Museum of Scotland - 3rd Floor "Scotland Transformed"
Chambers Street


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