There have been a number of recent biographies published on notable Jacobites. One of them is ‘The Last Highlander: Scotland’s Most Notorious Clan Chief, Rebel & Double Agent’ by Sarah Fraser, London, 2012. This book tells the story of Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat and leader of the Clan Fraser. He was the individual who had supreme command of the Jacobite army and was defeated at the Battle of Culloden. He was executed on 9 April 1747. A complicated individual, he was by turns a rebel and loyal British army officer, a spy for both Stuarts and Hanoverians, a Protestant and Roman Catholic.
Another recent title is ‘The Poet Chief: Alexander Robertson of Struan 1670-1749′ by James Irvine Robertson, Kinloss, 2011. This tells the story of the 13th chief of Clan Robertson, who was unique in having taken part in all three Jacobite risings on behalf of the Stuarts. He spent more than 20 years in exile in France.
Maggie Craig has written a couple of books on less well known Jacobites, both men and women. They are the colourfully titled ‘Bare-Arsed Banditti: The Men of the ‘45′, Edinburgh, 2009 and ‘Damn’ Rebel Bitches: The Women of the ‘45′, Edinburgh, 2000.
For those looking for portraits of people who were involved in the Jacobite Rebellions, the library’s digital resource Jacobite prints and broadsides may provide a relevant picture.