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The Canons' Gait, 232 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DQ, UK

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The word Jacobite has come down to us as short-hand for a romantic, doomed cause. But who were the real Jacobites? What did they stand for? Why does the story of the Bonnie Prince still hold the entire world enthralled, much to the delight of the Visit Scotland? Murray Pittock and Sarah Fraser are your guides to the reality behind the romantic image of the people who stood beside Charles Edward Stuart.

Sarah Fraser won the 2012 Saltire First Scottish Book of the Year for her acclaimed debut The Last Highlander, which in 2016 also became a New York Times ebook bestseller. Her latest work, 'The Prince Who Would Be King', is a moving biography of Prince Henry, son of James VI and I, the boy who would have been the first King of Great Britain. A writer and regular contributor on TV and radio, she has a PhD in obscene Gaelic poetry and lives in the Scottish Highlands. She has four children. She is also a fabulous speaker, massively entertaining and all round terrific woman.

Murray Pittock is Bradley Professor and pro Vice-Principal at the University of Glasgow. He grew up in Aberdeen, attended Aberdeen Grammar School, and studied at University of Glasgow aged 16. As a toddler, he noted: “It’s the blasted drizzle puts the fever in my bones”. His work covers English, History, Irish Studies, Theology and Politics, and he is best-known for writing on Scotland. In 2013 he authored and presented the Radio 4 series 'The Roots of Scottish Nationalism' and in 2016 his study of Culloden was chosen as one of the ten best history books of the year by History Today. Murray has been shortlisted for or won a number of literary prizes. He also serves as an adviser for many bodies, including the National Trust for Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery. That fever in his bones means he basically make the rest of us look like slackers.

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