You may recall I wrote at the beginning of March of the impending anniversary of The Battle of Culloden, 273 years to be exact and the last battle fought on British soil. To mark this significant date, we at Loch Ness by Jacobite always take note as we carry Jacobite in our name.
For those that want to find out more about the battle and the consequences, there are many books on the subject. The two I would recommend are Culloden by John Prebble and also more recently an in-depth study by Trevor Royle a great military historian and his book is also called Culloden.
This infamous clash on Culloden Moor changed the face of Scotland and its people particularly my ancestors here in the Highlands.
Culloden Moor is situated about 5 miles south east of Inverness, and on Drumossie Moor was the site of the Battle .Today there is an excellent Visitor and Interpretation Center run by The National Trust and making an effort to visit is a must as it is both dramatic and poignant and well worth the time. You will find it fascinating ,apart from the history they have a room where you stand in the middle as the battle rages around you, featuring both sides -The Jacobites and followers and also The Hanoverians.
You will venture out quite exhausted as it is intense, just right for a leisurely cruise on Loch Ness.
Culloden has become a place of pilgrimage for many particularly from overseas, not to morn forlornly of a lost cause of The Stuart Dynasty but to pay their homage to the memory of the heroes and the clansmen that gave their lives on that long past day.
Saturday just passed saw a huge turnout many in the traditional outfits of Jacobite soldiers and commanders and many from re-enactment societies.
A service was conducted to remember those who had fallen on that fateful day on Drumossie Moor.
On a visit to the battlefield you will see-The Field of the English-The Well of the Dead-The Graves of the Clans-The Memorial Cairn-The Keppoch Stone-The Cumberland Stone.
This stone is where in legend it is said that The Duke of Cumberland leader of The Hanoverian Army conducted his troops from, in the heat of battle.
It has been quoted by a military man in later years that it was an admirable position from which to see the lie of the land.
The story of the “Forty-Five” is both a romantic and tragic period of Scottish History and the outcome after Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and his Jacobite followers disbanded was the end of The Stuarts trying to regain the throne of Scotland
The battle at Culloden lasted under an hour, by two o’clock on the 16th April 1746 it was all over
Today the Jacobite name is carried on in our company so it is with great pleasure and respect we are offering some of you to have the chance to cruise with us not just on 16th April but all year round and also to visit The Battlefield at Culloden the last battle fought on British soil