Scottish Jacobite Party

The Scottish Jacobite Party was a political party in Scotland. It was registered with the Electoral Commission on 8 July 2005, and launched in Glenfinnan to coincide with the 31st G8 summit and roughly with the 260th anniversary of Bonnie Prince Charlie raising his standard there in 1745.[2]

Scottish Jacobite Party

Pàrtaidh Seumasachas
Scots Jacobite Pairty
LeaderJohn Black
TreasurerJohn Black[1]
Campaigns OfficerJohn Brodie[1]
Founded8 July 2005 (2005-07-08)[1]
IdeologyScottish independence
ColoursRed, Tartan[citation needed]

Though Jacobitism means the restoration of the House of Stuart to the throne of Scotland or the UK, the party was republican; leader Dr John Black told The Guardian that "It is an attempt to tie into the romance of Scottish history. Look, if you can rebrand Labour into New Labour, it is surely a minor matter to rebrand "Jacobite" as republican and non-religious".[2] The party's ideal Scottish republic would be outside the European Union but use the euro.[3] The party had three members – the minimum required under British law – and was entirely self-funded.[4]

In the 2007 Scottish elections, the party nominated one candidate, John Black, who won 309 votes in Dumbarton constituency, and 446 votes in the West of Scotland region. Its total expenditure was returned as £528, the lowest of any party to submit a return. It filed an e-petition calling for a Scottish independence day.[citation needed]

The SJP was de-registered and removed from the Electoral Commission's Register of Political Parties on 19 July 2007,[1] but re-registered on 22 March 2010. John Black received 156 votes for this party in the 2010 election in Argyll and Bute. Chris Black polled 134 votes in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk. The party de-registered again on 14 March 2011[5]

See also


  1. Renamed or De-registered Parties
  2. Nicoll, Ruaridh (18 February 2007). "Small parties are great - if you enjoy political chaos". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. Knox, John (28 April 2007). "Smaller Scots parties 'no jokers'". BBC News. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  4. "Jacobite Party Eriskay press conference". Stornoway Gazette. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  5. Search Results - Deregistered Political Parties search result for term Jacobite Electoral Commission Register of Political Parties (GB)