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Title: The Jacobite song in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Scotland
Author: Donaldson, William
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1975
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This dissertation has two main objects. It attempts a general survey of Jacobite song from its origins during the Civil War to its artistic demise in the 1830s, and tries to explain why it continued to attract the attention of Scottish poets for generations after the political collapse of the movement. Secondly, it traces the diffusion through Scottish society of a complex body of political myth, considering a question perhaps given its clearest expression by Willa Muir: Until the eighteenth century, contempt for Highlanders was well rooted in Lowland Scotland ... How has it happened, then, that the public image Scotland now presents to the world is composed of elements from Highland culture ... An extraordinary shift must have taken place in the back of the Lowlanders' minds.1 The thesis relates this "extraordinary shift" to the rise of the Bonny Highland Laddie as an amatory symbol, describes his identification with the Young Chevalier in popular song, and assesses the influence of this composite figure upon the idea of Scotland in the century after the Union. 1 Living with Ballads. London, 1965. pp. 216--8.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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