Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Diver May Have Discovered Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Missing Gold

An Ormskirk diver believes his team may have found Bonnie Prince Charlie’s missing gold.

Their find could unlock the centuries-old mystery of why the King of France abandoned Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Rebellion.

Joe McCormack, 65, who lives in Ormskirk, and his son Kevin are leading a 20-strong expert dive team to investigate if a shipwreck off the coast of Anglesey, North Wales, is a gold laden galleon sent by the King of France to support a Scottish uprising.

Kevin, 42, first made a vital discovery at the site back in the 1990s while exploring the seabed. He uncovered a tiny copper disc which was intially dismissed as a worthless coin and left to languish in a drawer.

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A little background on Charles Edward Stuart, via Wikipedia:

Charles Edward Stuart (31 December 1720 – 31 January 1788) was the exiled Jacobite claimant to the thrones of Great Britain and Ireland. He is commonly known in English and Scots as Bonnie Prince Charlie. In Scots Gaelic, his name was Teàrlach Eideard Stiùbhairt, whilst the Irish form is Séarlas Éadbhard Stiúbhart.

Charles was the son of James Francis Edward Stuart who was in turn the son of James II and VII, who had been deposed in the Revolution of 1688. The Jacobite movement tried to restore the family to the throne. Charles's mother was James's Polish wife Maria Clementina Sobieska (1702–1735, granddaughter of the Polish King, John III Sobieski). After his father's death, Charles was recognised as Charles III by his supporters; his opponents referred to him as The Young Pretender.

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