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definition of jacobite

Date : 28-02-2023

The term "Jacobite" historically refers to a supporter of the deposed Stuart dynasty in the 17th and 18th centuries. Specifically, Jacobites were supporters of James II of England (James VII of Scotland) and his descendants, who were overthrown in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. The name "Jacobite" comes from the Latin name for James, "Jacobus". The Jacobites sought to restore the Stuarts to the thrones of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and launched several uprisings in support of this cause, the most significant being the 1715 and 1745 rebellions in Scotland. Today, the term "Jacobite" is sometimes used more broadly to refer to someone who supports a lost or unsuccessful cause or to someone who is nostalgic for a particular historical era.