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Well, as far as inbreeding goes, I guess celebrating a particular Bonnie Prince, recently made famous again by a popular Scottish series, is a thing to get excited about. Scotland is so happy about the Outlander Effect, where multitudes of watchers of the series have flocked to her shores, that a new exhibit and trail celebrating the well intentioned and misguided prince has set to open this spring. If you are traveling to Scotland, follow this trail and see this exhibit to understand how the national rebellion came into being, and it’s tragic aftermath.
Yes, I have read the Diana Gabaldon Outlander Novels. Yes, I have actually read some Scottish history. I have to say, he was truly bonnie, but misguided in his efforts? How to understand a world where the rulers of Great Britain were Hanoverian, yes they had to shop outside the country for German Kings and Queens due to succession routing the Stuarts, Catholic, and a little Act of Settlement, The Protestant kings remained on the throne until 1837. Remember the George we Americans had a bit of a problem with? He was one of them.
The Stuarts lived in exile for many years, and several attempts were made to take the country of Scotland back over the years. Sadly, they all ended badly, with the defeat at the Battle of Culloden 1745, and subsequent smashing of the rebellion by the British and Clearances of the Highlands. Yes, the Brits really get angry when you oppose them as we learned. It’s a sadly romantic tale and one that following the Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail can give you a glimpse of a past and the end of the Highlander culture. If you would like to see when many of our Scottish immigrants came from and why, I suggest going on this trail and checking out the exhibit at the National Museums Scotland, Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites this summer and fall 2017.
To follow the full trail, it covers Britain and Scotland, check out this new site:
Download the PDF map if you plan to visit so you can book.