Bonnie Prince Charlie
From True Stories of Wonderful Deeds - Pictures and
Stories for Little Folk
Prince Charlie at the Battle of Culloden
Prince Charlie was the grandson of King James II, who was
driven away from the throne of England because he was a selfish man and a bad
ruler. The young prince tried to win the crown back again. He came over to
Scotland from France, with only seven followers; but soon a great many of the
Scots joined him, for he was so gay, and handsome, and friendly, that all who
saw him loved him. They called him "Bonnie Prince Charlie". But though the
prince and his followers were very brave, they had no chance against the
well-trained soldiers of King George of England. They won a few victories; then
they were thoroughly beaten in the battle of Culloden. Thousands of brave Scots
were slain, and the prince had to fly for his life.
After this, for many weeks, he hid among the moors and
mountains from the English soldiers who were trying to find him. He lived in
small huts, or in caves, and many times had nothing but the wild berries from
the woods to eat. Once he stayed for three weeks with a band of robbers, who
were very kind to him; and though the king offered a large sum of money to
anyone who would give him up, not one of his poor friends was false to him.
At last, a young and beautiful Scottish lady, named Flora
MacDonald, helped him to escape. She gave him woman's clothes, and pretended
that he was her servant, called Betty Burke. Then she took him with her away
from the place where the soldiers were searching, and after a time he reached
the sea, and got safely away to France.
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