The '45 Rebellion
The Scots Army Occupies Derby
An account, told in the manner of an eye-witness, by S. P. B. Mais
Derby was the southernmost point reached by the Scots in the Rebellion of '45. Bonnie Prince Charlie entered the town on foot on December 4, taking up his residence at the Earl of Exeter's House, and a party of Highlanders took possession of Swarkestone Bridge.
The Scots were only 127 miles from London, and the Prince was all for proceeding South, but Lord George Murray proposed a retreat as hopes of French help or an English insurrection against the King had not been realised. Clan chiefs supported Murray's policy and on December 6 the retreat northwards began. This brief occupation of Derby will be described this evening by S. P. B. Mais in the manner of an eye-witness account.
Lord George Murray 's narrative relates that the Prince in an advance was always first up in the morning, but he did not leave Derby to join the retreat until his men had been several hours on the march, and as he did so ' an air of melancholy marked his exterior
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