Workers have been pulled from renovating the closed Thunderton Bar in Elgin after several manuscripts and parchments were found under the upper floorboards of the historic hostelry. Historic Scotland were called by contractors McAlpines, after workers started a treatment programme on the historic timbers but found 6 scrolls and parchments in varying states of repair.

However, it is known already that one such parchment contained a french Louis XVth wax seal pronouncing a Royal Charter had been decreed to him by Britain’s King George II, granting extraterritorial sovereignty to the bearer , to be presented on the field of battle to King George II’s armies at the battle of Culloden…by none other than the young pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie.

The Royal charter was granted in an effort to avert all out war between the British and Jacobite armies, whereby Bonnie Prince Charlie would be granted full sovereignty of Scotland, as long as ‘no blood was spilled in battle’.

Doctor Henry Baumgarten of the University of Paimpol in Brittany has declared the charter valid and has decreed that all Morayshire is in fact France. ” The charter was gifted to Louis XV by George II as a buy-off… the British Monarch could not afford to weaken his army by fighting a battle 600 miles from the south coast of England, where the British army was billeted, so subtly bribed the French King into a pact of peace. The Charter ceded power to the bearer within a seventy mile radius of the parchment being handed over.” Doctor Baumgarten explained further ” The pact was intended to pacify both the Prince and King Louis XV, buying  King George II time to fully arm The British forces and take on the young pretender at a more convenient time.”

However, sensationally, as the parchments were found by the young McAlpines joiner, he technically, as the bearer, has become “King and chief Clansman of the Northern Shires”..within a seventy mile radius of the Thunderton Pub…effectively King of Moray, a legally recognised judicial burgh of France. Scholars and law professors have sought clarity from the law lords in Edinburgh, London and Paris. Moray Council have asked that citizens go about their business as usual whilst the legal dilemma is explored further.