Sunday, April 16, 2017

Culloden anniversary



Today is the 271st 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, and again last July.  It's an amazing place, and the Visitors Centre is very well done.

2 comments:

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen while I was in church for Easter Sunday Mass , The Battle of Culloden came into my mind so I lit a few candles and said some prayers in honor of the dead , very sad day , please post more soon. love your website , sincerely , yours ,

Debra Chisolm said...

We were at Culloden this past Saturday during the anniversary weekend of the battle.. While we were there, the folks were dressed in their tartans and they marched out to the battlefield and held a ceremony. It was so moving. The visitor's center has a room that you can go in and you feel like you are standing in the middle of the battle.