Saturday, April 16, 2016

Culloden anniversary



Today is the 270th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, which took place on April 16, 1746.



I like this video very much. (The song is "The Ghosts of Culloden", performed by Isla Grant.)

*** SPOILER WARNING! ***

If you haven't read VOYAGER (Book 3 of the OUTLANDER series), there is a Major Spoiler below. Read at your own risk!

Diana Gabaldon noted in her blog post about her 2008 visit to Culloden that she saw the place where Jamie woke after the battle, thinking he was dead.  When I asked her on Compuserve if she recalled where that was, exactly, she said,
Jamie made it almost to the second government line.  He woke in a little swale or dip (you recall he was lying in water), about forty feet off the path that leads from the Visitors Centre--maybe a couple of hundred yards beyond the VC itself.
The photo below shows the area where the government lines were, marked with a red flag.



I was lucky enough to be able to visit Culloden in 2012.  It's an amazing place, and the Visitors Centre is very well done.  I'm making plans to go back to Scotland in July with my brother and sister-in-law, and we will definitely go back there!

1 comment:

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen read "Voyager" for the first time a few years ago and had tears in my eyes after reading the first chapter , will light a candle in church today in memory , RIP to all of those that died at Culloden , for they did not die in vain , If they could see Scotland as she is today they'd be proud of her . please post more soon , Love your Blog. Sincerely Yours . Mary Tormey.