We now have five years of experience and
learning available to us, derived from the previous 1745 Jacobite Rebellion
events. Each year we have made incremental changes and adaptations.
This event has advanced in five years, especially with no umbrella
organization. We should look to the future of the event in the light of
what we have accomplished and what we have yet to do.
The clothing and dress of the Highland re-enactors is another area where
there has been significant change. Supported by historical
documentation, three distinct classes of people are emerging in the
Clans, each with different clothing and equipment requirements. The time has
come, based upon our experience, to now be even more professional in our
portrayals. Veteran participants are required to adhere to the
guidelines found in this document. Five years is plenty of time to prepare.
After the first event more and more people began doing portrayals of actual
participants in the ‘45. As more re-enactors do the extensive research
required to present real people, the entire event benefits from their
efforts. Actual meetings and conversations are now able to be
re-created. This addition has had a very positive impact on the event
and continues to grow. The event cannot support any units or
individuals who are not actively participating, or who are not portraying
groups known to have been involved in the Jacobite Rebellion either as
distinct individuals or as composite characters.
Each year has seen a marked increase in side activities during the
weekend. Clans and individuals have taken on the responsibility
to research and develop new ideas for camp life, social functions,
characterizations, Clan activities, historical scenarios, and Highland
life. Spring and Fall events have spun off from the success of the 1745
Jacobite Rebellion weekend, and the characters developed for the Jacobite
Rebellion have been presented at other sites, and at other established
As the Jacobite Rebellion event has grown, new groups have lined up to
participate on the Jacobite side, so many in fact that we have not been
able to accommodated them. New units are being invited to replace those whose
participation has waned, or units who have chosen not to raise their
standards of participation as the event has progressed. Working to
improve the event, not remaining static, allays concerns for the pejorative.
The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion event has a long history and a recent past.
We cannot rest upon our laurels any more then those we honor could have
rested upon theirs. Five years worth of your comments, praise,
concerns, and suggestions, have been taken into consideration for this
package. The material in this document specifically addresses the
issues and ideas you provided.
It is a credit to us all that such a high level of event stewardship
exists within our ranks.