Society in visit to see where Charlie gave up
AN association which was set up to study the Jacobite period and the 1745 uprising is visiting the city for the first time.
The Jacobite rising of 1745 was the attempt by Charles Edward Stuart – or Bonnie Prince Charlie – to regain the Scottish throne for the exiled House of Stuart.
He sailed to Scotland and raised the Jacobite standard at Glenfinnan in the Scottish Highlands, where he was supported by a gathering of Highland clansmen.
The march south began with an initial victory at Prestonpans, near Edinburgh.
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The Jacobite army marched onwards to Carlisle, over the border in England.
When they reached Derby, some British divisions were recalled from the Continent and the Jacobite army retreated north to Inverness where the last battle on Scottish soil took place on a nearby moor at Culloden, where the Jacobites were defeated.
The 1745 Association in Scotland was formed in 1946 to study the period.
Each year, it holds a gathering in areas of interest to the Jacobite period.
And, for the first time, the group has come to Derby.
Peter Brown, from the association, said: "We travelled down through Leek and we came to Derby on Friday.
"Over the weekend, we are planning to go to Swarkestone Bridge, which was the southernmost part reached in the 1745 rising before they turned back to Scotland.
"We have never had a meeting in Derby before, so it is great to be here this year."
About 50 members of the association have travelled from across the UK and the USA to come to Derby and they are staying at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in St Mary's Gate during their visit.
The group will be laying a wreath at the Bonnie Prince Charlie statue at Cathedral Green today.
In the evening they will have a meal at the Cathedral Quarter hotel, followed by entertainment.