Reporting Rebellion: The Marquis d’Iberville and the Jacobites in 1715

Daniel Szechi is professor of early modern history at University of Manchester (England) and specialist in Jacobite studies. In his contribution to our collective volume “Ink and Blood – Writing Rebellion in Early Modern Times”, he will consider French perceptions of British Jacobite networking in 1715:

“One of the most important duties of eighteenth-century ambassadors was to keep their governments well informed about political developments at the courts to which they were accredited, and few political developments could be more important than the onset of a major rebellion that – if it succeeded – would bring on a revolution. This was the situation in which Charles François de la Bonde, marquis d’Iberville and French ambassador to Britain, found himself in autumn 1715. In September a full-scale Jacobite rebellion broke out in Scotland and soon spread to northern England. In London Iberville was far removed from the action, yet his superiors expected reports that would keep them well abreast of what was going on. Iberville naturally tried to deliver. This paper will accordingly explore the content of his reports as he sought to provide accurate, up-to-date intelligence on a fluid situation hundreds of miles away.”

The Jacobite Rising of 1715

The Jacobite Rising of 1715

Daniel Szechi’s university website:

Daniel Szechi’s most important publications:


1715: the Great Jacobite Rebellion (Yale University Press, New Haven, pp. xvi + 351, 2006)

George Lockhart of Carnwath 1681-1731: a Study in Jacobitism (Tuckwell Press, East Lothian, pp. x + 230, 2002)

‘Scotland’s Ruine’: Lockhart of Carnwath’s Memoirs of the Union (Association for Scottish Literary Studies, Aberdeen, pp. xxxvii + 302, 1995)

The Jacobites. Britain and Europe, 1688-1788 (Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. xxvi + 172, 1994)

with Prof. G. Holmes, The Age of Oligarchy: Pre-Industrial Britain 1722-1783 (Longmans, pp. xvi + 439, 1993)

Letters of George Lockhart of Carnwath, 1698-1732 (Scottish History Society, Edinburgh, pp. xxxviii + 365, 1989)

Jacobitism and Tory Politics, 1710-14 (John Donald Press, Edinburgh, pp. ix + 220, 1984)

Articles and Essays:

‘”A Nation much given to changes”: the French Understanding of English Politics in 1715,’ Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, 32 (2004), 65-81.

‘The Image of the Court. Idealism, Politics and the Evolution of the Stuart Court 1689-1730,’ in, The Stuart Court in Rome. The Legacy of Exile, ed. Edward Corp (Aldershot, 2003), pp. 49-64.

‘The Jacobite Movement,’ in, The Blackwell Companion to Eighteenth-Century Britain, ed. Harry T. Dickinson (Oxford, 2002), pp. 81-96.

with Margaret Sankey, ‘Elite Culture and the Decline of Scottish Jacobitism 1716-1745,’ Past and Present, no. 173 (2001) 90-128.

‘A Blueprint for Tyranny? Sir Edward Hales and the Catholic Jacobite Response to the Revolution of 1688,’ English Historical Review, cxvi. (2001) 342-67.

‘”Cam Ye O’er Frae France?”: Defeat, Exile and the Mind of Scottish Jacobitism, 1716-27,’
Journal of British Studies, 37 (1998) 357-90.

‘Constructing a Jacobite: the Social and Intellectual Origins of George Lockhart of Carnwath”, Historical Journal, 40 (1997) 977-996.

‘Defending the True Faith: Kirk, State and Catholic Missioners in Scotland 1653-1755,’ Catholic Historical Review, lxxxii. (1996) 397-411.

‘The Jacobite Revolution Settlement, 1689-1696,’ English Historical Review, cviii. (1993) 610-28.

‘The Parliamentary Diary of Sir Arthur Kay,’ in, Camden Fourth Series, Royal Historical Society, xxxi. (1992) 321-48.

‘Scotland and the Hanoverians,’ in, Subjects of the Early Modern State. The Shaping of the State in Early Modern Europe, ed. Mark Greengrass (1991), pp. 116-33.

‘The Jacobite Theatre of Death,’ in, The Jacobite Challenge, eds Eveline Cruickshanks and Jeremy Black (Edinburgh, 1988), pp. 57-74.

with Dr D. Hayton, ‘John Bull’s Other Kingdoms: the Government of Scotland and Ireland,’ in, Britain in the First Age of Party, 1680-1745. Essays Presented to Geoffrey Holmes, ed. Clyve Jones (1987), pp. 241-80

‘The First Tory Party in the Commons, 1710-14: a case-study in structural change and political evolution,’ Parliamentary History, v. (1986) 1-16

‘The Politics of “Persecution”: Scots Episcopalian Toleration and the Harley Ministry,’ in, Toleration and Persecution, Studies in Church History, ed. William J. Sheils, xxi. (1984) 275-89.

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