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He was no Pretender


I CAME across an interesting little story recently in connection with Queen Victoria’s visit to Lochaber in 1873.

On the day Her Majesty went out from Inverlochy Castle to Glenfinnan, her coachman was a Cameron, employed for the occasion by Lord Abinger.

On the way, it seems, he and the Queen chatted freely until they reached Glenfinnan where the Queen, on seeing the Jacobite monument, announced that it was the Pretender that had raised his standard. The coachman straight away said: ‘Ma’am, he was no Pretender’, which resulted in them driving back to Inverlochy in silence – not helped by meeting some ‘dreadful reporters’ on the way.

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