Aged 32, Tom Forster, Dorothy’s great nephew, leaves Bamburgh to become a supporter of the Jacobite Cause in the 1715 Rebellion. He is made a General and
put in charge of the English Jacobites even though he has little military experience. Tom’s army are defeated but worse still Tom is captured and taken
prisoner to London.
His sister, also named Dorothy, rides pillion to London behind the local blacksmith to rescue her brother. She visits him on several occasions in gaol,
always accompanied by her maid.
But on her final visit Dorothy visits Tom alone. Concealed beneath her clothes, Dorothy wears the outfit of her maid. And when the right time comes she
quickly dresses Tom in the maid’s clothes.
The guards by this time have changed. Accustomed to seeing two ladies leaving the cell of General Tom they let them pass unchecked.
Portraits of the brother and sister still hang in the castle, along with Dorothy’s dress and a pair of her tiny shoes.