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THE LILIES AND THE THISTLE. FRENCH TROOPS IN THE JACOBITE '45'

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Helion and Company September 2018 Paperback 248mm x 180mm 104 pages c 20 b/w ills, 8pp colour plates

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The Jacobite Rising of 1745 could not have taken place without French support. French ships carried Charles Edward Stuart to Scotland, French gold financed his campaign, and French weapons equipped many of his troops. Yet the actual French military contribution to the campaign was small, and its role is frequently neglected.

This book seeks to redress this balance by looking in detail at the French military contribution to the Jacobite ’45: the first detachment of troops to sail with the Prince – who instead of landing in Scotland found themselves caught up in an intense naval battle; the staff officers and professionals who helped Charles organise his army on modern European lines; and the Irish and Scots regulars who fought with distinction at Inverurie, Falkrik, and Culloden.

As with many aspects of the ’45, myths and misconceptions aplenty have arisen about the nature and significance of the French contribution. New archival research enables a better picture to be obtained than ever before of the men who made up the rank and file of this contingent, and of the background and fates of those who led them. New analysis is offered, too, as to details of the uniforms worn by the detachments serving in Scotland, re-considering existing sources and also bringing out new information.

Taken together, the result is to fill an important gap in our understanding of these dramatic events, one of the last occasions that foreign troops fought on British soil.

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Author Andrew Bamford
Publisher Helion and Company
ISBN 9781911628170
Date of Publication September 2018
Edition No
Binding Paperback
Book Size 248mm x 180mm
Number of pages 104 pages
Images c 20 b/w ills, 8pp colour plates
Language English text
SKU HEL1008

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  1. At last, a worthy book about an overlooked, but greatly important part of the '45 review by King on 03/10/2018

    At last, a worthy book about an overlooked, but greatly important part of the '45

    I've been re-enacting as a member of the Irish Picquets for over 10 years now, so of course I've been greatly looking forward to this!

    It's not just about the troops of the those units sent that this book is about. The French were involved from before Charles left the continent until they extracted him at the end. So the involvement of the French government in the plans, the larger earlier attempt at invasion, and the incubation and insertion of officers is also covered amongst other things.

    Not content with giving details of the organisation, uniforms and kit of the soldiers, the author also tells us about the men in those uniforms. Over the years I've heard people claim that the Irish brigade was anything from 100 percent Irish descent Gaelic speakers to entirely English prisoners. Using statistics and contemporary analysis, Bamford gives a very detailed background of the real origins of the soldiers.

    Following on is a detailed account of the actions of the Irish Picquets, the Royal Ecossois, and the officers and specialists sent by France, concluding with the aftermath of Culloden.

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