The Bonie Wee Jacobite
The Story:(Click on images to enlarge)
It’s September 17, 1745, and the populace of Edinburgh, both the supporters of the Stuarts and those of the Hanoverians (and the undecided), have rushed off to watch Bonnie Prince Charlie enter the city at the head of his rag-tag Jacobite army. The numerous St. Andrew’s flags hanging in the street symbolize the arrival of this scion of the old kings of Scotland.
A young lass, with her market basket full of white cockades, home-made from an old linen chemise, follows after the crowd. Her Da has chalked the price on the old shingle – a ha'penny. She wears an old tonac, a small tartan shawl pinned with a brass brooch, which once belonged to her old Gran’s grandmother. In her straw hat, our lassie has arranged some dried flowers, which she would normally be selling from her basket. She has pinned one of her cockades on her hat as well.
The border features an image of Prince Charles Edward Stuart based on several period portraits. A tartan plaid is the backdrop for several examples of Jacobite symbolism. The white cockade represents one of the different versions and theories of the white rose of the Stuart line. This rose, placed on the left of the viewer, represents James III & VIII, “The Old Pretender”. The single closed bud placed on the right represents the young Prince.
The thistle has been used as part of Scotland’s royal badge since the 14th century and is self-explanatory. However, the butterfly is something else to ponder. Called the Painted Lady, the thistle butterfly may represent the rebirth of the Stuart line on the royal thrown. The caterpillar goes dormant in a cocoon then returns to the world radiant and triumphant.
The oak leaf is a symbol of the Stuart clan and was worn as a plant badge in their bonnets. Cavaliers cut the tops off oak trees to mourn their beheaded king, Charles I. Charles II hid in a large oak to escape Oliver Cromwell’s troops. The Hanoverians tried to ban the wearing of oak leaves on certain Stuart-related events such as the king’s birthday or Oak-Apple Day on May 29, commemorating when Charles II was restored as king.
Painted on ladies’ fans, engraved on Jacobite drinking glasses, and forged into the basket hilts of Highland swords made in Stirling, the rose, thistle, butterfly and oak leaf were secret emblems to rally around.
By the way, “Bonie” is not a typo. It is spelled just as Robert Burns wrote it in the 18th century.
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