The Earls of Derwentwater
May 31, 2008 7:20 AM Subscribe
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When King James VII of Scotland died in 1700, Louis XIV of France gave his word and his support to the cause of his son, James VIII, or the "pretender" as he was known to his enemies. One of history's most famous lost causes, the story contains smaller tragedies, like the downfall of the Radclyffe family of Cumbria. An almost embarrassingly romantic tale, it includes a "murdered" (actually executed) Earl
(sound), a haunting (and some say haunted ruin)
, an "incorruptible" corpse
, a daring prison escape
and, according to at least one novelist
, a possible American connection.
As a poignant denouement, Charles was the last person executed
for the Jacobite cause, having been out of England when the general amnesty was announced, and therefore not eligible.