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This Website is a part of the BBC Scotland Education Around Scotland strand aimed at Primary 6 and 7 children at levels C & D in the topic People in the Past.
It covers the period of the 1745 Jacobite Rising from its inception to the defeat at Culloden and the repercussions for the people of the Highlands.
The aim of the site is to encourage pupils to examine historical information and use their judgement to make decisions about the course of action to be undertaken.
The full site is also available in Gaelic .
The site is best viewed using the Flash 8 plug-in but is also viewable in Flash 7.
The latest Flash plug-in can be downloaded free from the link below: -
There is also a simple HTML version of the site for older computers without Flash and people using screen-reading software.
How To Use The Site
This website places the pupil in the role of the leader of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. The pupil can explore information presented on screen in the form of characters and correspondence and make the decisions that will determine the outcome of their Rising.
The site features depictions of key personalities from the period and draws on contemporary sources for the opinions and stories that they relate to.
The site features audio resources as well as text.
In each section there is an illustrated view. Moving the mouse from side to side reveals more of the scene. Clicking on characters and selectable objects brings up the relevant text and audio for that character or object.
The site is divided into three acts each with two chapters. There is also a final section that explores the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. In total there are seven sections – each corresponding to an event or key point in the real 1745 Rising. The pupil can make the same decisions as the 1745 Jacobites or choose different options. The seven sections are: -
Chapter 1: The start of the Rising. The pupils decide whether to risk starting a Highland rising with no support from the French.
Chapter 2: Prestonpans. The pupils have to decide whether to risk fighting the Government forces or wait for assistance from the French.
Chapter 1: The invasion of England. The pupils have to decide whether to embark on a risky invasion of England or stay and defend Scotland.
Chapter 2: Derby. The pupils have to decide whether to advance on London or retreat back to Scotland.
Chapter 1: The night march to Nairn. The pupils have to decide whether to embark on the controversial night march or wait for battle the next day.
Chapter 2: The battle of Culloden. The pupils have to make the choice of fighting the battle at Culloden or retreating to fight somewhere else.
This section includes several characters who tell the user what happened to the people of the Highlands after the battle of Culloden.
In addition to these main sections there is a supplementary section called the Fact Book that contains a collection of brief facts about the major personalities involved in the 1745 Rising, the factors that led to the Rising, and information about Britain during this period.
At the end of each Act the pupil accesses a page where they can write a report (styled a letter home in the site) about what they have learnt and what they have accomplished in their campaign as leader of the Jacobites!
This can be saved for the duration of the time spent in the site and can also be printed out in printer-friendly form.
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Lucy Conan : Senior Producer
Paul Adams : Producer
Scott McCall : Designer
Anthony McKale : Coder/Actionscript Programmer
Ray Anderson : HTML coder
Cris Walsh : HTML coder
David Meikle : Web Assistant
Iain Rose : Historical & educational Consultant
Rachel Budge : Illustrator
Thumbnail images from Scran
James Francis Stuart
The Duke of Cumberland
Lord George Murray
Union Jack flag
James VII of Scotland
King George I
Prince Charles Edward Stuart in Edinburgh, 1745
Charles Edward Stuart, 1780
Culloden Moor, 1754
Bonnie Prince Charlie, 1754
Jacobite Retreat, 1754
Lament for Maggie, from the album Scotland (BRR29), Bruton Music.
From the BBC TV series Battlefield Britain: Culloden.
The following links may be interesting for those seeking further information or resources about this period.
Digitised Scottish historical documents including The Lyon in Mourning – accounts of the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite Rising:
A detailed history of the Jacobite cause that explains its root causes of the Glorious Revolution through to the bitter end at Culloden.
An in-depth resource that includes details of the military campaigns and their participants:
Collected accounts of the lead up to the battle of Culloden, the battle itself and the aftermath:
The National Trust for Scotland resource page featuring resources about the Jacobites:
A collection of educational websites about the Act of Union and the Jacobite Rebellion from Learning and Teaching Scotland: