It was an act of justice, just six years after the Battle of Culloden More, in Scotland, when the dream of Jacobite rising was brutally over. On 14 May 1752, Colin Campbell of Glenure, the royal agent collecting rents from the clan of Stewarts, was murdered. As Alan Breck Stewart, who fought for the rebel forces of Charles Edward Stuart “the Bonnie Prince Charlie”, had previously publicly threatened Glenure and had enquired about his schedule for the day in question, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
There is no record of what happened to Stewart after the trial. One common story, derived from Sir Walter Scott, is that he returned to military service for the French crown and served against the British in North America during the French and Indian War. Another tale, passed down through the Stewart family, is that he fled to Ireland and set up a farm. There are now many Stewart descendants living in Ireland.