Anecdotage of Glasgow
Prince Charles in Glasgow, and Miss
WHEN Prince Charles Edward Stuart was in Glasgow,
1745-6, he is said to have been not only conciliatory in his conduct,
but to have done his utmost to ingratiate himself with its citizens. He
ate twice a day in front of Shawfield House, Trongate, in which he had
taken up his residence. His dress was usually of fine silk tartan, with
crimson velvet breeches, but sometimes he wore an English court coat,
with the ribbon star and other insignia of the Order of the Garter.
But all his charms of person and of manner had little
effect upon the people of Glasgow. He made great efforts to secure the
partisanship of the ladies, but his influence among them was of no great
extent; and as for the men, Provost Cochrane relates that the only
recruit he got was Ane drunken shoemaker, who must have fled his
country for debt, if he had not for treason."
On tIme 3rd of January, 1746, after a stay of ten
days, the Highland army left Glasgow, and resumed its northward march.
The prince, it is said, admired the beauty and regularity with which the
city was built, but he bitterly remarked that nowhere had he found so
there was, however, one notable exception. It was
while he was in Glasgow that Prince Charlie met with Clemintina
Walkinshaw, who, after his escape to France, was sent for by him, and
became his mistress. She was the youngest of the ten daughters of John
Walkinshaw, Esq. of Camlachie and Barrowfield, and is said to have been
a very beantiful woman. She was created Countess of Alberstorff by the
King of France.
She had a daughter to the Prince, who was legitimised
by a special deed recorded in the parliamentary register of Paris in
1787, and this daughter was named Charlotte Stuart, Duchess of Albany.
Robert Burns, who had a spice of Jacobitism, as well as of Jacobinism,
celebrated her in his song, The Bonnie Lass of Albany. Miss
Walkinshaw died at a good old age in 1802, fourteen years after her
paramour, who died at Rome in 1788, and in his last days was addicted
This comment system requires
you to be logged in through either a Disqus account or an
account you already have with Google, Twitter, Facebook or
Yahoo. In the event you don't have an account with any of these
companies then you can create an account with Disqus. All
comments are moderated so they won't display until the moderator
has approved your comment.