Eye Spy Glasgow: Bonnie Prince Charlie - Glasgow's unwelcome visitor

Bonnie Prince Charlie popped up all over Scotland - mostly hidden in Highland caves and dressed as a woman.

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But the Jacobite leader and his bedraggled army paid a memorable visit to Glasgow while retreating from England and on their way to defeat at Culloden.

A plaque marks the site of the old mansion house where Charlie stayed. It is on one of Glasgow's busiest streets but it's a safe bet that few people notice it.

The impressive building at the corner of Glassford Street and Trongate was once a large house with private gardens known as Shawfield mansion.

The house was said to be the most impressive in Glasgow and was owned by a Tobacco Lord, John Glassford.

The Young Pretender was a very unwelcome visitor in Glasgow, which was a pro-Hanoverian city.

He made himself even more unpopular by demanding that the city re-clothe his solders. The city was forced to provide thousands of shirts, coats, shoes, waistcoats, bonnets and stockings.

One eye-witness who watched his army parade in the city in December 1745 thought he looked "dejected and downcast" and with a "melancholy foreboding of that disaster which soon after ruined the hopes of his family for ever".

It's a far cry from the dashing Young Chevalier depicted in song and poem.

But there was one bright spot in Charlie's visit to hostile Glasgow, his meeting with a young lady named Clementina Walkinshaw.

She was from a wealthy Glasgow family. Her father, who had been taken prisoner during the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion, had founded the village of Calton.

Clemmie became the Prince's mistress, bore him at least one child, and moved to the Continent where she lived with him for eight years.

But his drunkenness and violence forced her to leave him.

The plaque commemorating Charlie's visit to Glasgow stands in Trongate, at the side of the main door of the building at the corner of Glassford Street.

It was erected by the Pen and Pencil Club in 1910 and reads: "On this site stood the Shawfield mansion where Prince Charles Stuart resided in 1745."

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