Bonnie Prince Charlie

October 3, 2012 by  

Bonnie Prince Charlie, Charles Edward Stuart, or ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ as he became known, was the grandson of the deposed Catholic King James II – who had fled to France from Protestant William of Orange’s invading army in 1688.

The supporters of the deposed king and his descendants were called ‘Jacobites’, from the Latin for James, ‘Jacobus’. Although there was Jacobite support in other areas of Britain and in continental Europe, the main stronghold was the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

The Stuarts, in exile across the Channel, nursed their ambition to reclaim the throne. In 1745, Charles travelled to the Highlands to raise the Scottish clans in rebellion against the current British monarch (King George II, of the house of Hanover). His plan was to make his father, James Stuart, the ‘Old Pretender’, king.

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