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The Death of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’) – Rome, 31 January 1788

Newspaper articles from February 1788 reporting on the death of Prince Charles Edward Stuart in Rome

‘The Young Pretender’, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, died in Rome on 31 January 1788.

Known in Scotland as ‘the King O’er the Water”, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ led the Jacobite forces in the 1745 Rising, which ended in a terrible defeat on Culloden Moor.

If you’ve ever been out drinking with a Jacobite, you’ll have noticed that that when a toast is made to one of the usurping Hanoverian monarchs, the Jacobites subversively pass their glasses over water (thereby toasting their king in exile).

To mark the day, we’ve posted below two newspaper articles from February 1788 that report on the Prince’s death.

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Oxford Journal | 23 February 1788


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Northampton Mercury | 23 February 1788



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