lwd wrote:But weren't there English on the Jacobites side as well? Indeed Charlie wanted all of Great Britain not just Scotland. I'm playing devils advocate here to some extent as I think both views are valid but perhaps not equally so.
The Jacobites wanted English support, but very little came in their abortive invasion of England. Had they penetrated further south and taken their opportunity to seize London things might have changed. But most of their potential support sat on the fence, waiting to see whether they would be backing a winner...or a loser. They called it right.
Charles Stuart claimed the throne as Charles III by right of blood succession from James II. But he was seen in England as a pretender...a chancer. He never looked like succeeding. Hence lack of support. His rebellion and campaign was essentially a Scottish rather than British affair.
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