History of the Stewarts | Battles and Historic Events
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The abortive 1708 rising was dogged with bad luck, however, and possible sabotage. The invasion fleet arrived late in the Firth of Forth on the 14th March to find the Royal Navy waiting for them. The French commander refused to put James ashore ignoring his pleas. The British pursued the French fleet and made them retreat round the north of Scotland, losing ships and most of their men in shipwrecks on the way back to Dunkirk.
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