- James Francis Edward Stuart
James Francis Edward Prince of Wales James Francis Edward Stuart, "The Old Pretender" Jacobite pretender Pretence 16 September 1701 – 1 January 1766 Predecessor James II and VII Successor Charles III Spouse Maria Klementyna Sobieska Issue Charles Edward Stuart
Henry Benedict Stuart
Full name James Francis Edward Stuart House House of Stuart Father James II and VII Mother Mary of Modena Born 10 June 1688
St. James's Palace, London
Died 1 January 1766(aged 77)
Palazzo Muti, Rome
Burial St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City
James Francis Edward, Prince of Wales (James Francis Edward Stuart; "The Old Pretender" or "The Old Chevalier"; 10 June 1688 – 1 January 1766) was the son of the deposed James II of England (James VII of Scotland). As such, he claimed the English, Scottish and Irish thrones (as James III of England and Ireland and James VIII of Scotland) from the death of his father in 1701, when he was recognized as king of England, Scotland and Ireland by his cousin Louis XIV of France. Following his death in 1766 he was succeeded by his son Charles Edward Stuart in the Jacobite Succession.
Birth and childhood
From the moment of his birth, on 10 June 1688, at St. James's Palace, the prince was the subject of controversy. He was born to the reigning king, James II of England (and VII of Scotland), and his Roman Catholic second wife, Mary of Modena, and as such was automatically Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay among other titles.
The Wars of Religion were fresh in the minds of the populace, and many British feared a revived Catholic dominance of the government. James II had two adult daughters from his first marriage who had been raised as Protestants. As long as there was a possibility of one of them succeeding him, his opponents saw his rule as only a temporary aberration. When people began to fear that James's second wife, Mary, would produce a son and heir, a movement grew to replace him with his elder daughter Princess Mary and his son-in-law/nephew, William of Orange.
When the young prince was born, a rumour immediately spread that a call for a warming pan had been the pretext for a substitution, implying that James and Mary's baby was allegedly stillborn. On 10 December, within six months of his birth, Mary of Modena took baby James to France, worried about his safety, while his father continued to fight (unsuccessfully) to retain his crown. James and his sister Louisa Maria, were brought up in France. There, James was recognised by his cousin, King Louis XIV of France, as the rightful heir to the English and Scottish thrones and became the focus for the Jacobite movement.
Struggle for the throne
On his father's death in 1701, James declared himself King, as King James III of England and VIII of Scotland and was recognised as such by France, Spain, the Papal States and Modena. These states refused to recognise William III, Mary II or Queen Anne as legitimate sovereigns. As a result of his claiming his father's lost thrones, James was attainted for treason in London on 2 March 1702, and his titles were forfeited under English law.
Having been delayed in France by an attack of measles, James attempted an invasion, trying to land at the Firth of Forth on 23 March 1708. His French ships were driven back by the fleet of Admiral Sir George Byng.
Had he renounced his Roman Catholic faith, James might have strengthened the existing support of Tory, pro-Restoration, forces in England, but he refused to do so. As a result, in 1714, a German-speaking Protestant became King of the recently created Kingdom of Great Britain — George I.
In 1713, the War of the Spanish Succession ended indecisively. Although the French forces and allies (of which Spain was one) were in complete control of Spain itself, they failed to retake the Spanish Crown's other European territories. Louis XIV of France accepted peace with Great Britain and her allies. He signed the Treaty of Utrecht, in 1713, that, amongst other conditions, required him to expel James from France.
In the following year, the Jacobites started "The 'Fifteen" Jacobite rising in Scotland, aimed at putting "James III and VIII" on the throne. In 1715, James finally set foot on Scottish soil, following the indecisive Battle of Sheriffmuir, but was disappointed by the strength of support he found. Instead of going through with plans for a coronation at Scone, he returned to France, sailing from Montrose. He was not welcomed back, because his patron, Louis XIV, was dead and the government found him a political embarrassment.
Life as Pretender
Pope Clement XI offered James the Palazzo Muti in Rome as his residence, and he accepted. Innocent XIII, like his predecessor, showed much support. Thanks to the mediation of a close friend of his, Cardinal Filippo Antonio Gualterio, James was granted a life annuity of eight thousand Roman scudi. Such help enabled him to organise a Roman Jacobite court, where the Pope's cousin, Francesco Maria Conti of Siena, was the Gentiluomo di camera (Chamberlain).
On 3 September 1719, James Francis Edward Stuart married in the Chapel of episcopal palace of Montefiascone (Viterbo - Italy), Maria Clementina Sobieska (1702–35), granddaughter of the Polish king, John III Sobieski (sister of Maria Karolina Sobieska). They had two sons:
- Charles Edward Stuart (31 December 1720 – 31 January 1788), nicknamed "Bonnie Prince Charlie"
- Henry Benedict Stuart (11 March 1725 – 13 July 1807), Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
Initially a daughter of Philippe d'Orléans, Mademoiselle d'Orléans, had been suggested as a wife for James Francis Edward Stuart.
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Following James's failure, attention turned to his son Charles, "the Young Pretender", whose rebellion of 1745 came closer to success than his father's. With the failure of this second rebellion, however, the Stuart hopes of regaining the British throne were effectively destroyed. James and Charles later clashed repeatedly, and relations between them broke down completely when James played a role in the election of his son Henry as a Cardinal (the celibacy required meaning that Henry would not have any children and could not carry on the line of succession) infuriating Charles who had not been consulted.
In 1759 the French government briefly considered a scheme to have James crowned King of Ireland, as part of their plans to Invade the British Isles but the offer was never formally made to James. Several separate plans also involved Charles being given control of a French-backed independent Ireland.
James died in Rome on 1 January 1766, and was buried in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. His burial is marked by the Monument to the Royal Stuarts. Refusing to recognise James's eldest son Charles, from 14 January the Papacy instead accepted the Hanoverian dynasty as the legitimate rulers of Britain and Ireland. This led on to the slow reform of the anti-Catholic "Penal laws" in Britain and Ireland.
James's 64 years, 3 months and 16 days as the Jacobite pretender to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland lasted longer than the reigns of any legitimate monarch of those kingdoms or their successor states. To date, the longest serving British monarch is Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. In order to surpass the record set by the titular James III, the current monarch Queen Elizabeth II would need to remain on the throne until at least May 23, 2016.
Titles and honours
- 10 June – 4 July 1688: His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall
- 4 July 1688 – 11 December 1688: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
- 10 June 1688 - 14 March 1689: The Duke of Rothesay
- 11 December 1688/14 March 1689 (The dates of loss of his royal titles in England and Scotland, respectively)– 1 January 1766: James Francis Edward Stuart
- Jacobite, 11 December 1688 – 16 September 1701: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
- Jacobite, 16 September 1701 – 1 January 1766: His Majesty The King
- Jacobite, 14 March 1689 - 16 September 1701: The Duke of Rothesay
- Jacobite, 16 September 1701 - 1 January 1766: His Grace The King
James's full titles before his father's deposition were: His Royal Highness The Prince James Francis Edward, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland,
- Jacobite, KG: Knight of the Garter, 1692–1766
Ancestors of James Francis Edward Stuart 16. Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley 8. James I of England 17. Mary, Queen of Scots 4. Charles I of England 18. Frederick II of Denmark 9. Princess Anne of Denmark 19. Sofie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 2. James II of England 20. Antoine of Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme 10. Henry IV of France 21. Jeanne III of Navarre 5. Princess Henrietta Maria of France 22. Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany 11. Marie de' Medici 23. Archduchess Johanna of Austria 1. James Francis Edward Stuart 24. Alfonso III d'Este, Duke of Modena 12. Francesco I d'Este, Duke of Modena 25. Isabella of Savoy 6. Alfonso IV d'Este, Duke of Modena 26. Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma 13. Maria Farnese 27. Margherita Aldobrandini 3. Mary of Modena 28. Vincenzo Martinozzi 14. Hieronymus Martinozzi 29. Margherita Marcolini 7. Laura Martinozzi 30. Peter Mazarini 15. Laura Mazarini 31. Hortense Buffalini
- Monument to the Royal Stuarts
- Touch Pieces The cure of Scrofula or the King's Evil
- Correspondence with James the Pretender (High Treason) Act 1701 Parliament's response to his claim to the throne
Notes and sources
James Francis Edward StuartBorn: 10 June 1688 Died: 1 January 1766
- ^ Complete Peerage: "Duke of Cornwall".
- ^ Sir Winston Churchill, ;;A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, vol. 2 (Dodd, Mead & Co., NY 1957), pp. 97-98.
- ^ Vaughan, Herbert (1906). The Last of the Royal Stuarts: Henry Stuart, Cardinal Duke of York. London: Methuen. pp. 212–214. http://www.jacobite.ca/documents/17921104.htm.
- ^ a b "The Prince of Wales – Previous Princes". Princeofwales.gov.uk. http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/personalprofiles/theprinceofwales/abouttheprince/previousprincesofwales/. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- ^ Francois R. Velde. "Marks of Cadency in the British Royal Family". Heraldica.org. http://www.heraldica.org/topics/britain/cadency.htm. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
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