"the memorable year for Scotland, 1715"
Portrait of George I, 1714
Public DomainPortrait of George I, 1714 - Credit: Godfrey Kneller

John Erskine, Earl of Mar (195 * 240)

Public DomainJohn Erskine, Earl of Mar - Credit: W. Hassell


1715 was a significant year in Scottish history as it witnessed a Jacobite rising which pre-empted the larger rebellion of 1745. Resentments were inflamed by both the Act of Union of 1707 and the establishment of the Protestant Hanoverian dynasty with the accession of George I. The rising was led by John Erskine, the 11th Earl of Mar, after he tried and failed to find a position under the new monarch. Secretly returning to Scotland, he raised the banner for James II/VII. However, Mar was not up to the task he had assigned himself and the failure of the rebellion was mainly owing to his incompetence. The Jacobite forces were defeated at Preston by John Campbell’s army (see note for p. 45), despite the latter being much smaller.

Hogg published a collection of songs relating to the Jacobite risings entitled Jacobite Relics (1819). You can read the book here and listen to one of these songs, ‘There’ll never be Peace till Jamie comes Hame’, on the video clip below.