Daily Archive: January 17, 2014

The Jacobites Prevail at the Battle of Falkirk Muir – 17 January 1746

What began with the Glorious Revolution in 1689 had almost reached its end by the time the Jacobite forces marched against General Hawley’s army at Falkirk Muir. The last of the Jacobite Risings had been instigated by the grandson of James II, the once deposed king whose name became a rallying cry for rebellion. Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie; call him what you will but the last of the pretenders to the British throne managed to raise the support for an ambitious attempt to retake the throne. After a failed invasion attempt in 1744, the second...


Remains in Winchester Could Belong to Alfred the Great

Archaeologists had been interested in an unmarked grave at St Bartholomew’s in Winchester for years. Many believed that it contained the remains of a 9th-century Saxon king. It was not until the remains of King Richard III were unearthed from a car park in Leicester last February that archaeologists renewed their efforts to obtain approval for excavation of the Winchester burial ground. Expectations were high, as some believed that the Saxon burial ground could contain the ‘holy-grail’ of remains, those of King Alfred the Great. After obtaining approval and moving forward with excavations, however, the team was disappointed to find skeletons...