Bonnie Prince Charlie began the Jacobite Rising - On this day in Scottish history


23 July 2019
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Bonnie Prince Charlie, Charles Edward Stuart landed at Eriskay on 23 July 1745, beginning the Jacobite Rising.

On 23 July 1745, Charles Edward Stuart landed at Eriskay with a force of seven men. Charles Edward, who became known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, was on a mission to restore the Stuarts to the throne. Although his invading party was small, he soon gained the assistance of Cameron of Lochiel and with the help of a growing number of Highlanders, was able to raise his standard at Glenfinnan and from there, mount an attack on Edinburgh.

Charles Edward Stuart and his army went on to fight at the Battle of Prestonpans in September 1745, defeating a government army and marching further south, gathering thousands of supporters on the way. However, they would face eventual defeat at the Battle of Culloden the following year.

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