Monday, 1 November 2010

On this day in Scottish military history #6 - The Jacobites leave Edinburgh

In 1745 the Jacobites under Prince Charles Edward Stuart had stormed through Scotland and occupied Edinburgh. That suited the highlanders in his army who had a rare old time in the taverns of the town. So good a time that the old story goes they were too drunk to storm the Castle which held out against the Jacobites.

Holyrood House didn’t suit Bonnie Prince Charlie though and consolidating his position in Scotland wasn’t good enough for him. He had his eyes on the British crown for his father. On this day 265 years ago caution was thrown to the wind and the Jacobite Army left Edinburgh for London and ultimate destruction at Culloden six months later.

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