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The various acts introduced after the battle, in particular the Heritable Jurisdictions Scotland Act of , in concert with the pacification of the Highlands, made another rising in this region extremely unlikely [the act abolished the traditional judicial rights afforded to a Scottish clan chief]. But the British government and army commanders alike believed that with Charles in France agitating for troops and money to renew his campaign, and while France was still at war with Britain in Flanders , the Jacobite threat was very much alive. It was the peace between Great Britain and France in that ended the rebellion, by the terms of which Charles was forcibly removed from French territory.

But it is not widely known that the prince, still in his twenties, made a secret visit to London in to stimulate another rising in England, which later became known as the Elibank plot, during which, it is believed, he converted to the Church of England.

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In reality, what completely put to bed any hope of a Stuart restoration was the removal of support by France. This was followed, in turn, by the papacy. Indeed, the peaceful accession of a third king George, in , suggested that as an active, political cause, Jacobitism, along with its fundamental aim of a Stuart restoration, was effectively dead. But, as a Roman Catholic cardinal, it was with him that the direct, legitimate line ended on his death in Henry, unlike his father and brother, did not press his claim.

He has no intention of pressing his claim. It is claimed that there are direct descendants of Charles Edward Stuart alive today. It is well known that Charles had an illegitimate daughter, Charlotte Stuart, Duchess of Albany b , by his mistress Clementina Walkinshaw. After many desperate years with an increasingly drunken and abusive partner, Clementina left Charles, accompanied by their young daughter.

Charles initially refused to recognise Charlotte, who spent years in convents in France, and, it is believed, produced, in turn, three illegitimate children via her relationship with Ferdinand de Rohan, archbishop of Bordeaux. In the meantime, Charles had married in Princess Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, but the marriage was a disaster and was childless. In , a lonely Charles legitimised his daughter Charlotte, who left her children or so the story goes with her mother in order to nurse Charles through his final years.

Charles eventually died of a stroke in and his daughter died less than two years later. As Roehanstart had no children, nor, it was believed, did his sisters, there the Stuart direct albeit illegitimate line may have ended. But a new claimant, in the guise of Peter Pininski, has recently emerged. The mystery continues. Charles died at the Palazzo del Re, located on the Piazza dei Santi Apostoli in Rome, the building where he had been born. The palazzo still exists on the north side of the square and just to the north-east of the forum.

Dr Jacqueline Riding is an associate research fellow in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London, who specialises in 18th- and early 19th-century British history and art.

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General ancient history. AC Grayling on the history of philosophy. Subscribe Now. Book now. More on: Scotland. You may like. By that time, it was already in retreat. Its very poor leadership at the hands of the Earl of Mar is a significant factor in people not finding it as exciting a rising as the lightning dash to London, practised by Charles Edward Stuart 30 years later.

Mar jumped the gun and effectively launched the rising. As he said in one of the commissions he granted, whether King James was restored or not, the aim was to address the grievances of Scotland and end the Union. So can the be viewed as a reaction against the Union? It absolutely can. Yes, Mar wants to restore James. But, although he voted for the Union at the time, his overwhelming aim is to end the Union.

How does this fit in? What this book does is that it demonstrates, beyond reasonable doubt, both the size of the French effort which went astray because of bad weather in to support the Stuarts, and the extent to which France was seriously planning a landing in The big problem was that when Charles Edward Stuart was at Derby, his communication lines with France were simply not good enough to understand or communicate about the nature and timing of a French landing.


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McLynn demonstrates from the archives that that landing was very much on the cards, and that it would have been spearheaded by Irish troops in the French service of whom there were several thousand, with the French troops only as a backup. France did, of course, reinforce the Jacobites in Scotland quite extensively, but it was the major landing in Essex or elsewhere, but Essex was a favourite spot that was the fear of the British government in , and for which the French were actively planning,.

They moved to reinforcing him in Scotland. Will you commit? If the French had set sail on the news that Charles was approaching London and had landed the initial force of around men in Essex, then things could have got very interesting — or terrifying depending on your point of view.

Yes, and he was completely right about that. Charles Edward did not make that mistake. Every moment, every week, every month, that London remained unoccupied, unattacked, unapproached, parliament could continue to vote more and more national debt. That would enable—as it did enable in —Hessian and other mercenaries to come over to bolster the British army and increase the force that it could bring to bear, and also made it possible to press more men for the Royal Navy to screen French ships.

Charles was absolutely right to move on London. He was immensely frustrated when his commander forced him to turn back. One has to see the man in the round. He was a man of great talent. He understood what was necessary. He was certainly a glamorous and determined figure. He was very interested in a wide range of things and people.

He was interested in French thinkers, like Montesquieu. He followed the American War of Independence blow-by-blow as it was developing when he was in exile. Although there are worse places than Italy to retire to. I grew up in Frascati, where his brother Henry was bishop, and where Charles Edward was, initially, buried. His brother was the retiring type, but he was not. He wanted the crown. He was active, he was engaged, he was a man who had no outlet for his talents after That would have changed nothing.

If the Stuart Scottish army had won at Culloden, it would not ultimately have changed the outcome of the war. Had they occupied London, they did have a chance. So you can rule him out of the equation. A lot of London would have been hostile to them as well. On the other hand, if George II had left in his yacht for Hanover, leaving Cumberland in the field with an army, and it was known that George II had left, and there were question marks over the Bank of England and the national debt…It was really a matter of morale and timing.

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Cumberland could have reached London in 2 or 3 days after the Jacobites got there, and that might have been enough. But if, for any reason, he was held up for a week or two, that might not have been enough because he would have faced the consequences of a rapidly accumulating level of doubt and anxiety about the sustainability of the state his dynasty had helped to create. The other issue is how many English Jacobites would have come out of the closet if the Jacobite army had occupied London.

I still think the ultimate defeat was likely but if they had got to London they did have a chance. It was absolutely brutal. It was suggested—even by moderate figures like Forbes of Culloden—that entire clans, entire groups in a particular landholding who for various reasons took the name of the landlord, should be deported. There was systematic starvation rather like Stalin and the Ukraine in the s. A huge amount of money was spent on that, in terms of British GNP, which shows just how worried the British government and the Georges were.

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