The Jacobite Rebellion

Few events have been as romanticised and misunderstood as the Jacobite Rebellion. And, as Jacqueline Riding explains, politics has brought its myths to the fore once again.

Alex Salmond arrives for the State Opening of Parliament, May 27th, 2015

It was one of the images of the 2015 General Election. Not a beaming David Cameron on the steps of 10 Downing St after securing, against all the odds and the now discredited opinion polls, a Conservative majority (albeit a slim one). No, it was a photograph of Alex Salmond, former leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and ex-First Minister of Scotland. The new honourable member for Gordon is seen breezing past the doorkeepers at Members’ Lobby, en route to the Commons Chamber during the State Opening of Parliament, face flushed, arms swinging with abandon.

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