Daniel Defoe: The Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins

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  • Nicholas Seager (University of Keele)

The Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins is a pseudo-Jacobite military memoir published in December 1718. It follows the career of a Highland Scot in the service of the exiled King James II and then of James’s son, James Francis Edward Stuart, the Old Pretender. The action covers the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution (1688–89), by which James II was deposed, provoking resistance in Scotland; it proceeds through the campaigns of the Nine Years’ War (1689–97) and the War of the Spanish Succession (1702–14), during which James’s British supporters served in the French army against England (Britain after the 1707 Union) in a bid to restore the Stuarts; and it culminates somewhat anti-…

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Seager, Nicholas. "The Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 October 2012
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