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ADVENTURES

BY

LAND.

Adventures by Land.

I.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE CHARLES

EDWARD STUART,

AND HIS

WANDERINGS AFTER HIS DEFEAT AT CULLODEN.

Et us imagine ourselves seated in an old English

manor-house in some of the northern counties, about the year 1745; the proprietor is a friend of

the exiled Stuart family ; George the Second is not a king to him ; the sovereign of his heart is in another land, and the squire hopes soon to see the son of James the Third* marching through the English counties to London. He toasts “the king,” meaning him whom some call the

Pretender ;' hates Hanover, and raves at the mention of William III. There is the jacobite of 1745,—a generoushearted man, full of a certain chivalrous devotion for a family whose faults were punished in the persons of their gallant adherents. What a strife did this term “ jacobite stir

up

in Old England during the latter part of the seventeenth and great part of the eighteenth century ! First came the furious

* The son of James II. was acknowledged by Louis XIV. of France, as James III. of England.

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struggle immediately following the vote which declared that James II. had “ abdicated the throne. The battle of the Boyne did not crush the hopes of the Jacobites ; William was not immortal ; some change might be expected after his death ; and during the reign of Anne there was much to encourage those who hoped for the return of the direct Stuart line.

But a change came over the Jacobites upon the accession of George I. The tide of partizanship could no longer be restrained, and the rising of 1715 alarmed the admirers of the “ Glorious Revolution.” George I. heard that the standard of another dynasty had been raised in Scotland, and James III. proclaimed king. This effort of the Jacobites was at length crushed, the “ older Pretender ” retired to France, and some of his most devoted adherents perished on the scaffold. For thirty years the Jacobites smothered their indignation in silence or in the retreats of their homes. A new race had then grown up ; the sons had imbibed from their fathers the same devotion for the exiled princes which had led, in 1715, many gallant men to death in the field, or on the scaffold. This enthusiasm could not expend itself in toasts and words ; work must be found, and work was found. The “old Pretender,” who had raised the storm in 1715, was, in 1745, aged and feeble; the task of heading an invasion into England was therefore committed to his son, Prince Charles Edward. From the summer of 1745 to April 1746, the land was distracted by all the wild feelings excited by civil war. The prince raised his standard in Scotland, in August, and by daring marches advanced into England as far as Derby by December 4th ; thence he retreated towards Scotland, the Duke of Cumberland following with the royal army, and the prince was at last compelled to turn upon his pursuers, and fight the battle of Culloden, April the 16th, 1746.

There, in thirty minutes, perished for ever all the hopes of the Jacobites—there the Stuart banner was beaten to the dust. At this point the adventures of the prince commence ; he escaped from the fatal field, accompanied by a few gentlemen, and was compelled to enter upon that course of romantic peril which ultimately led to his escape.

When all hope of restoring the battle was over, the prince retreated to the banks of the river Nairn, and thence, with

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