Loyalism, legitimism, and the neo-Jacobite challenge to the Anglo-Scottish Union

Graeme Morton (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Those who continued with its cause into the late Victorian age, framed loyalism as a principled challenge to the constitutional settlement that culminated in the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707. The case for restoring the House of Stuart, the focal point of their efforts, had become a distinctive strand within British loyalism but in many respects remained tangential to the movement for home rule in Scotland. Restoration of the Stuarts necessitated the acts of Settlement and Union be set aside and thus represented a more fundamental challenge to the Imperial parliament than the constitutional reform sought by home rulers. The article examines those late Victorian loyalists who recast the home rule cause to advance the tenets of loyalism ¬as their forebears in revolutionary America had done – within the day’s foremost democratic debate on rights, freedoms, and the limits of governmental power.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalAtlantic Studies: Literary, Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Atlantic Studies)
Issue number2
Early online date22 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2024


  • Loyalism
  • legitimism
  • neo-Jacobitism
  • home rule
  • federalism
  • Theodore Napier


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