#7. The Jacobite Gold of Loch Arkaig
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For those that don’t know, the Jacobite gold was a large collection of gold coins sent by Spain to finance the Jacobite rising in Scotland circa 1745. Spain pledged to send about 400,000 livres each month to sustain the rebel army. However, just as it landed on the Scottish coast, it was captured by Clan Mackay, and the rebel army never saw a coin.
A total of seven caskets of Spanish gold made it to Scotland, but not once was it used to the rebel army. By the time they offloaded the last casket on the west coast, the Jacobite fight was already over, and the army that required it was defeated.
Six of the seven caskets were then brought to Loch Arkaig and buried there. While they used some gold to begin new uprisings, some of it is still unaccounted for today. Treasure hunters worldwide will travel to Loch Arkaig in Lochaber, Scotland, to try and do a bit of digging and see if they can get their own hands on a bit of the gold.
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