Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 Tweeted via John Campbell Diary on Pasthorizonspr
RBS Group Archives is using Twitter to bring a unique account of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion to life. From today, they will tweet diary entries from John Campbell, the cashier in charge of Royal Bank of Scotland during the Jacobite uprising. His diary records how he paid the rebels in gold from reserves held in Edinburgh Castle and the first tweet will be his diary entry from 14 September 1745, the day he took the bank’s valuables to the Castle in anticipation of the Jacobites arrival in the city.
Twitter Link: John of the Bank
John Campbell joined the staff of The Royal Bank of Scotland at its foundation in 1727. In 1745, he became its cashier (a post equivalent to today’s CEO). It was quite a moment to take on the top job. This was the year of the famous Jacobite rising, and his first few months as cashier saw him juggling political factions, liaising with soldiers and politicians and protecting his bank under siege conditions. At a time like this, normal public order was in turmoil, and property at risk. Rebels and authorities alike threatened extreme action, and it was hard to know which of many perils to take most seriously.
For Campbell, the events of the ‘45 culminated in a long walk up Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, waving a white flag to avoid being shot, to retrieve Bank gold from the Castle vaults. He risked life and limb for The Royal Bank of Scotland, and this diary tells his story.
(Image: John Campbell. Image: RBS)