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Scalan and Jacobitism

Scalan, although hidden away in Glenlivet, did not escape entirely the attentions of the authorities and was completely destroyed after Bonnie Prince Charlie’s failed 1745 Jacobite Uprising. Catholics were presumed to be Jacobites. As Bishop John Geddes wrote: “The Scottish Catholics were generally desirous of the restoration of the family of the Stuarts to the throne of Britain; nor is this to be wondered at…The Scottish Catholics were discouraged and much exposed to oppression - it was natural for them to hope for an event that was likely to relieve them and put them again in possession of the privileges of free-born citizens.” by the middle of the 18th century, the Government was not particularly interested in how we worshipped God but they were mightily concerned about our politics.

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