Skeletons in the family closet! Gotta love them. Dearest has a goodie; a really hush~hush goodie. I'm not sure it's anything to be proud of, having Bonnie Prince Charlie in the family closet, but they still sing maudlin' tales about him in Scotland. He was, by all accounts quite charming, if somewhat deluded. The crowns of both Scotland & England slipped from his uncertain grasp & he ended his days as a drunken exile & even the pope, who recognized James as the rightful king of both England & Scotland until his death, did not recognise Charles Edward's claim.
At some point in his gallivanting about Scotland & losing a war he found time for more amoral gallivanting ~ or so the story goes. Dearest chases his ancestry back on the wrong side of the blanket. Completely unprovable of course, unless a lost Canadian cousin actually has the evidence she said she had. I think the evidence is there in the hair. I always tell Dearest I married him for his hair ~ for those gorgeous red gold tresses inherited from the wrong side of the Scottish blanket. Jossie was very red for a while too. [As Tacitus noted, there's more red hair in the British Isles than anywhere else.] The evidence is there in the dark almond shaped eyes, the sweeping brows, the long fingered hands, the small pointy chin that only Jossie inherited & the full sensual mouth.
Now I'm not a fan of Bonnie Prince Charlie. He got his subjects slaughtered & hightailed it back to France leaving his subjects to English mercy ~ which was non~existent when it came to the Jacobites. He had more than one mistress & a child out of wedlock. He was a drunkard & domestically abusive ~ & frankly cowardly. Not a fan, no ~ but an interesting addition to the family tree which includes Kenneth MacAlpin, last of the Pictish Kings, first of the Scots. And there's a rumour going round that the Scots carry more genetic markers for cannabilism than anyone else... Well, with the English on your border it would be tempting to grab a quick snack now & then, wouldn't it?