Lead: For generations the Stuarts hoped with fond regret of regaining the British crown. The high point of their hopes was the 1745 rebellion led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Having threatened or irritated most of the influential leaders of England, King James II was supplanted in the so-called Glorious Revolution of 1688. The Catholic James had been tolerated as long as he and his queen had no children, but when she became pregnant in June 1688 events quickly moved out of his control. Late that year in an moment of uncharacteristic timidity, he fled in the face of the invading Dutch armies of William of Orange. For years he watched from French exile with mounting regret as Parliament transferred the throne to William and James’ own Protestant daughter Mary. Many in England, however, and especially in Scotland longed for a return of the Stuarts.

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