Dissertation

‘Ye Jacobites by Name’: An Evaluation of the Value of the Amulree Jacobite Collection in the University of Stirling Library Archives

Citation

Cunningham C (2017) ‘Ye Jacobites by Name’: An Evaluation of the Value of the Amulree Jacobite Collection in the University of Stirling Library Archives. BA (Honours) in History and Professional Education (Secondary). University of Stirling.

Abstract
This dissertation evaluates the Amulree Jacobite Collection’s value, firstly, by contextualising it. To do this, it surveys four additional Scottish Jacobite collections – these being the MacBean Collection, the Walter Blaikie Collection, the corporate Drambuie Jacobite Collection, and the Jacobite artefacts of Traquair House, respectively. Some criteria of evaluation are also established to help place the Amulree Collection amongst them. Secondly, the dissertation then analyses the collection’s contents, beginning, summarily, with its copious subset of secondary items and, specifically, by interrogating its three primary Jacobite-era mini sub-collections. Each sub-collection is connected – either directly or indirectly – to the final three exiled Stuarts and, following a brief evaluation, their worth is highlighted as being of import to their respective area of wider Jacobite studies. Following this initial evaluation, the collection proves to be a valuable addition to the catalogue of more well-known Jacobite compendia. Furthermore, Amulree’s combined interests in amassing Jacobitiana and undertaking scholarship characterises this collection’s importance as an example of social memory and as both an arbitrary and investigative assortment. Ultimately, by producing initial research on this intriguing assemblage, this dissertation emphasises insights that the Amulree Jacobite Collection provides to the field of Jacobite studies and, consequently, brings greater attention to its material and cultural significance.

Keywords
Jacobitism; Antiquarianism; Scottish History; Scottish Culture

StatusUnpublished
SupervisorsEmma Macleod
InstitutionUniversity of Stirling
QualificationBA (Honours) in History and Professional Education (Secondary)
Qualification levelBachelors in Arts