Action between HMS 'Lion' and 'Elizabeth' and the 'Du Teillay', 9 July 1745
This action between French and British ships took place on 9 July 1745, during the final Jacobite Rebellion. The uprisings between 1688 and 1746 were aimed initially to restore James VII of Scotland (James II of England), the Old Pretender, to the throne after he was deposed during the Glorious Revolution. This last rebellion was launched by the Old Pretender's son, Prince Charles Stuart, known as the Young Pretender. He planned to land in Scotland and gather an army to march towards London, while a French army invaded from the south to enable James to land and be crowned King. Although Charles landed in Scotland in July, he received muted support and gathered only a small army. It was met by the superior standing army, under the Duke of Cumberland at Culloden Moor on 16 April 1746. Charles was defeated and forced to flee, spending months on the run before escaping to France. There he remained in exile, ending any realistic hope of a Stuart restoration.
Dominic Serres the Elder
- Image reference: BHC0364
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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