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Fact Book: The Highland Clan system
Another important reason for the 1745 Jacobite rising was the Highland clans. The way the clans lived and the things they believed meant that they turned out to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie even if they didn't like him and didn't think he could win! Why was this?
After the Jacobites lost at Culloden, the British Government tried to destroy the Highland clan way of life. The government thought the clan system was dangerous. If five or six clan chiefs decided to rebel, they could raise an army of thousands of men! The government even banned people from wearing tartan and playing bagpipes.