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'Tomorrow', in 1716, James Francis Edward Stuart, The Old Pretender, will leave Scotland forever, his half-hearted attempt
to reclaim the British throne, as James III of England and James VIII of Scotland, having gained only insipid support. Thirty
years later, his son, Charles Edward, would come closer to succeeding in every sense. Burns, for whom Jacobitism was a romantic
ideal and literary conceit rather than a practical constitutional proposition, looked back forlornly nontheless, upon the
failure of the 1715 uprising. His atmospheric lament blames all of Scotland's ills on the absence of 'Jamie'. Many a wistful
toast would be drunk to, 'the King across the water' but as of this day, the only kingdom over which the Stuarts would ever
hold sway was the realm of fantasy.