Welcome to the Northumbrian Jacobites Website

Welcome to the Northumbrian Jacobites Website

Society Events

Calendar of Society Events 2020

The Fifteen

The Society was founded in October 2000 to promote interest in the Northumbrian Jacobites


A list of books, some in print and others available in libraries.


Details of biographies available.

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AGM minutes

AGM Minutes

The Fifteen


John, 18th Baron Petre, KCVO
The Rt Revd G. Scott, OSB, MA, PhD, FRHistS, Abbot of Douai
Fra' Matthew Festing, Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta
Count Peter Pininski
Professor Edward Corp

Hon. Life President:

John Nicholls MBE, MA (Oxon)

Piper to the Society:

Nick Leeming


Chairman: Roland Finch,  FRICS
Hon. Treasurer: Elizabeth Finch, MA
Hon. Secretary: Janet Lawson
Membership Secretary: Elizabeth Finch, MA
Social Events Secretary: Lorraine Hunter
Committee Member: Francis Morgan-Grant

The Society was founded in October 2000 to promote interest in the Northumbrian Jacobites, principally those who took part in the Rising of 1715 (The 'Fifteen), led by James Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater, his brother the Hon. Charles Radcliffe, William, 4th Baron Widdrington, and Thomas Forster, MP.

A particular aim of the Society is to generate a wider awareness of the historic buildings of Dilston Castle and Chapel, and other Jacobite memorials in the North-east of England. In so far as it is able, the Society will co-operate with like-minded organisations to help preserve these buildings and monuments.

A further goal of the Society is to see a Heritage and Study Centre established at Dilston, which would naturally include subjects of Jacobite history and  interest.

Whilst the Society has always cared greatly about Dilston, it has long recognised that all periods of Jacobite history are related and so has constantly endeavoured to broaden its areas of interest and appeal, within the parameters of its basic historical and social brief.   .

The Society is non-political and non-denominational; it is entirely an historical and social organisation. A programme of occasional talks, visits, events and social activities, including a Society Dinner, will be arranged annually, and Members will receive the Society’s Journal, The Fifteen, and regular newsletters.

The website www.northumbrianjacobites.org.uk carries information about the Society.

Applications to become Members of the Society are welcomed from all those who share an interest in this important aspect of Northumbrian history. The annual subscription is £15 for individuals, £ 20 for joint (2 Members at the same address) and £20 for Institutional Members.
If you wish to receive more information regarding the Society, please write to or e-mail:

Mrs E. Finch, Hon. Secretary, The Fifteen (The Northumbrian Jacobite Society), 18 Chichester Grove, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 6JL; E-mail: finch.elizabeth@sky.com

Download our application form.