THE JACOBITE DATABASE OF 1745

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Little Rebellions - Something Rotten?

I beg the

favour you will come to my house this

day att half an hour after two precisely

about a piece of Necessary business. I am

Dr Sir

Yours

Hugh Blair

One of the benefits of working with a prosopographical database for historical research is being able to find commonalities in large amounts of data hitherto disconnected and most certainly unnoticed. Perhaps the most intriguing so far in my own studies is the discovery that about one-half of the active goldsmiths, or...

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JDB1745 is an online relational database specifically designed for the purpose of scholarly research and analysis of a large number of biographic entries. Drawing from a wide variety of sources, its goal 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 qualifiers to be later examined by a concise and structured thesis. In effect, this database hopes to offer its users an 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.