Highly romanticised in stories and songs, the Jacobite Risings, in reality, were a much bleaker affair, marked by bloody and divisive uprisings, rebellions and fighting. There were many battles during the Jacobite rebellions, at sites from Killiecrankie to Culloden. The Jacobites failed to restore the Stuarts to the throne, ultimately leading to the tragic Battle of Culloden that changed communities and the infrastructure of the Highlands forever.
In 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stuart (better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie) launched an attempt to reclaim the throne his grandfather, King James VII of Scotland and II of England, lost in 1688. Those who continued to support the exiled James II, Jacobus being the name in Latin, became known as "Jacobites".