JDB1745 is an online relational database specifically designed for the purpose of scholarly research and the analysis of a large number of biographic entries. Drawing from a wide variety of sources, the goal of JDB1745 is to eventually house every name that can be associated with Jacobitism in the years 1740-1759. Because much of the detailed biographical data of accused or suspected Jacobites are scarce or as of yet undiscovered, approaching this project using prosopographic analysis will help answer many questions about Jacobite constituency during the final rising against the Hanoverian government of George II. The usefulness of this interpretation is that it allows researchers to establish significant characteristics about a large number of subjects through a broad but detailed examination of facts: the entire collection of what facts are known about them and the way those facts interrelate.

No scholar has ever compiled these listings into one consolidated forum; eliminating duplicate names, comparing them against each other to see how the web of relationships was formed, and categorising them by a myriad of different characteristics to be later tested and analysed by rigorous scholarship. With this database, we hope to offer its users a helpful and accurate biographical, social, and cultural atlas of the ‘Forty-five.

This rich codification of Jacobite constituency will present everything we currently know about the participants of the Forty-five - with infinite expandability to include future knowledge – and will also provide an invaluable tool for researchers in the fields of history, genealogy, and beyond.

This database and its analysis form the ongoing work of Dr Darren S. Layne, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA), the University of Edinburgh (MSc), and the University of St Andrews (PhD). The project is aided by a multidisciplinary team of scholars and researchers in Scotland, England, the United States, and beyond. Interested parties are encouraged to get in touch via the contact info below. See more of Darren's work on academia.edu and at the Humanities Commons. A synopsis of his research focus can be found on the Scottish History Network blog.



The creation and management of JDB1745 are made possible with some of the following digital tools and services. From team-based project management to data taxonomy schemes to inline searching, we're very thankful for the designers, providers, and coders of these systems and many more besides.
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