Friday, January 1, 2010


The last coronation to be held at Scone took place this day, in 1651, with Charles Stuart (Charles II of England) accepting the crown.  Six months later, the English marched north, moving into Fife and Perth.  Scottish forces headed south, ultimately losing at the Battle of Worcester (Sept 3, 1651).  Charles made a famous escape after this battle.

Scott covers Charles' escape in Woodstock.  This novel is set in 1651.  From Woodstock:

"Well then, go to.--When the young man Charles Stewart fled from the

field of Worcester, and was by sharp chase and pursuit compelled to
separate himself from his followers, I know by sure intelligence that
this Albert Lee was one of the last who remained with him, if not indeed
the very last."

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