Please forward this error screen to 194. Princess Louisa Maria Teresa Stuart by Alexis Simon Belle 1704. England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of his queen, MARIE STUART PDF of Modena.
A Royal Stuart Society paper calls Louisa Maria the Princess over the Water, an allusion to the informal title King over the Water of the Jacobite pretenders, none of whom had any other legitimate daughters. Louisa Maria was born in 1692, at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, during her parents’ exile. Had some of those witnesses been invited to Saint James’s on the morning of the tenth of June 1688, the House of Stuart might, perhaps, now be reigning in our island. But it is easier to keep a crown than to regain one.
It might be true that a calumnious fable had done much to bring about the Revolution. She was given the name Louisa in honour of King Louis XIV, who acted as her godfather. After the birth, James II declared that Louisa Maria had been sent by God as a consolation for her parents at the time of their distress, and in later years she was often referred to as La Consolatrice. Louisa was the only full sibling of Prince James Francis Edward, the ‘Old Pretender’, to survive infancy, and was four years younger than her brother. The two were brought up together in France.
Louisa’s tutor was an English Roman Catholic priest, Father Constable, who taught her Latin, history, and religion. She also had a governess, the Countess of Middleton, wife of the Jacobite peer Charles, 2nd Earl of Middleton. An allegorical portrait by Alexis Simon Belle of James Francis Edward and his sister Louisa Maria, showing the prince as a guardian angel leading his sister under the gaze of cherubim, was painted in 1699 and is now in the Royal Collection. By the summer of 1701, King James was seriously ill, and had been away from Saint Germain seeking medical treatment, accompanied by his wife.
However, in June the two returned home for the birthdays of their two children, and two months later James suffered a stroke, dying just two weeks later on 16 September. Serve your creator in the days of your youth. Consider virtue as the greatest ornament of your sex. Follow close the great pattern of it, your mother, who has been, no less than myself, over-clouded with calumny. But time, the mother of truth, will, I hope, at last make her virtues shine as bright as the sun. Soon after James’s death, Louis XIV proclaimed James Francis Edward as king of England, Scotland and Ireland, and he was also formally recognised as king by Spain, the Papal States and Modena.