Bonnie Prince Charles
On this day in 1745, Prince Charles Stuart plucked a white rose and placed it in his hat.
Charles got the nickname "Bonnie Prince Charlie." Some have speculated that the event sparked the significance of the Burnett rose - a white rose - because it became an important symbol of Scotland.
Here’s a little poem about the white rose from Hugh MacDiarmid:
The rose of all the world is not for me.
I want for my part
Only the little white rose of Scotland.
That smells sharp and sweet - and breaks the heart.