270 yrs ago, Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender or Bonnie Prince Charlie, instigated an uprising in Scotland in an attempt to seize the British throne for himself and the exiled Stuart family (the descendents of James II). The rebellion crossed the border and managed to get as far as Derby before turning back to Scotland, where it was finally defeated outside Inverness at the Battle of Culloden. The traditional narrative suggests the Bonnie Prince’s advisers decided to withdraw on the grounds that parts of the British army had been recalled from Europe to deal with the uprising. Their arrival led the rebels to rethink and return home. But let’s be honest: passing through Derby would lead anyone to second guess their British invasion plans!
I should know, I lived there for 20yrs.1
1. Ok, ok, Derby isn’t all that bad. It’s really quite a pleasant place and right next to the Peak District, but it has always been a running joke in our family that Bonnie Prince Charlie took one look at Derby and realised that if it was at all representative of the half of England he hadn’t seen the invasion wasn’t worth the hassle.