This chapter presents a book‐history analysis of a 2,148‐page manuscript book known as “The Lyon in Mourning.” Compiled after the defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden (1746), the work consists of pro‐Jacobite materials copied out by Episcopalian minister Robert Forbes into ten blank octavo books. The items collected include scaffold speeches by executed Jacobite prisoners, eyewitness narratives of those who helped the Stuart cause, letters, songs, poems, and even a list of goods the Jacobites purchased in the last few months of the conflict. Although “The Lyon in Mourning” remained unpublished in Forbes's lifetime, the Scottish Historical Society published a three‐volume printed version in 1895–96. The printed version succeeded in generating knowledge about the work, but it also fundamentally changed how the manuscript was perceived. In an effort to shine new light on Forbes's project and to generate new research on Jacobitism in general, Simon Fraser University's Research Centre for Scottish Studies and the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab are partnering with the National Library of Scotland to create a Digital Humanities project focused on “The Lyon in Mourning.” Here, I outline some of the research directions that we will pursue as we gain insight into Forbes's use of the manuscript medium in the context of the eighteenth‐century mediascape. The first section considers the historical context and generic content of Forbes's collection. The second section examines the multimedia nature of the items that Forbes collected, noting his own focus on the materiality of the texts he copied out. The third section considers Forbes's use of the manuscript genre for the storage, curation, and retrieval of information. I conclude by examining how Forbes's project to preserve the experiences of his fellow Jacobites was intertwined in this handwritten document with his fashioning of his own life as a reader/writer and witness for Jacobite networks.

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