School of Humanities



Anita R. Fairney

Start date

Jan 2012

Submission date

Jul 2015

Anita R. Fairney


Jacobite Scotswomen's roles, identities ad agency in Scottish politics, 1688-1788


This thesis will examine the political role, support and contribution of Jacobite Scotswomen to Jacobite politics, from the Revolution (1689), in which King James VII & II was deposed and went into exile, until the death of his grandson, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1788). It will explore Scotswomen’s agency and motivations for contributing to the Stuart restoration—a treasonous affair—with a close analysis of their multi-layered identities and the manifestation of them as Scotswomen and Jacobites, within Scotland’s national politics and identity

Why my research is important

This research reveals female activity in revolution politics, their political ideology, their role in keeping the culture of Jacobitism alive, and the nature of their support, as well as the lengths some were prepared to go to ensure their political ideals were met. Jacobite & Eighteenth-Century Scottish history has revealed one or two Scotswomen in action, but these have been viewed primarily as legends in popular history, rather than the serious contribution of a significant number of women in society. Since 'politics' has become more broadly defined, women have begun to be included in historical scholarship, and it is my aim to contribute to this ongoing research.

'Portrait of a Lady', perhaps Jean Cameron of Dungallon, Oil on Canvas, Jeremiah Davison [1745?]