The Jacobite Ladies, So Fine, So Fierce
During coffee breaks at Urban Reivers HQ in Edinburgh we have been following Women’s History Month. So much female history is lost over time and here we get militant about honouring our heroines, whether that’s in the media, in books or by representing women on currency, street names or in public art. Our favourites are the Jacobite women – the women who took part in the 1715 and 1745 uprisings. Their stories are choc-a-bloc with derring do. Lady Nithsdale broke her husband out of the Tower of London in 1716 (yes, you read that right). Lady Ann McIntosh was one of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s top recruiters and rode around the countryside with a pistol in one hand and a purse full of gold in the other. She drummed up 600 men to fight in support of the cause.
There was even one women who hid her fiance under her skirts when the Redcoats arrived to arrest him – she blithely sat embroidering by the fire while the soldiers searched (almost) everywhere. This was particularly daring in 1745 because ladies didn’t wear underpants! At the base of this rebellious spirit was the fact that Scottish women had more legal rights than most of their European sisters. Women could own property and keep their maiden name. It wasn’t equality as we think of it today, but it gave these women confidence to express their views and stand up for what they believed in.
We are always inspired at Urban Reivers HQ with stories about the brilliant and brave historical women of Scotland!