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Born on this day - Bonnie Prince Charlie

20th December 1720

Charles Edward Stuart, 'the Young Pretender' or Bonnie Prince Charlie, grandson of Catholic King James II, led the 1745 Jacobite rebellion against the British throne. Despite initial support, setbacks like the loss of French naval aid occurred. After reaching Derby, they retreated, facing defeat at Culloden in 1746. Evading capture for 5 months, Charles lived a dissolute life in exile. Despite his troubled later years, he remains a romantic hero in Scottish lore.

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