John Wood wrote:
> We are talking about centuries of destruction, first by the Scots Stuart
> kings, then by Butcher Cumberland (whose war crimes were applauded by
> Handel back in London in his anthem 'Behold the Conquering hero comes',
> and so on.
It is difficult to know where to start with this farrago of nonsense! It is
"See, the conquering Hero comes." Yes, the libretto of "Judas Maccabeus"
was dedicated to the Duke of Cumberland (as the national hero of the time),
but "Judas Maccabeus" is not "about" the Jacobite rebellion in any sense
(the allegory is different), and "See, the conquering Hero comes" was not in
the oratorio as first composed - it was written for "Joshua", and only added
to "Judas Maccabeus" in 1750!
It is perhaps worth mentioning that there were more Scottish soldiers in
Cumberland's army than in that of his opponent.
> The romantic reinvention of the highlands as a
> quaint playground full of noble savages for William IV, Queen
> Victoria, and their wealthy friends just hastened the destruction of
> the real thing.
I'm not sure what William IV did to get dragged in - George IV and his pink
tights usually get the blame. Which was the idea of Sir Walter Scott
(perhaps not the tights!) But the "romantic reinvention" was already well
underway - can one say "Ossian"?
> Of course, there was that parcel of rogues who sold the Scots out in
> 1707 and started calling it 'North Britain' instead.
You should really be blaming James I (or, depending on your viewpoint, VI)
who declared himself "King of Great Britain" (Rex Magnae Britanniae). He
ordained that "henceforth there shall no longer be England and Scotland,
only South Britain and North Britain."