Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Culloden anniversary



Today is the 273rd 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.)



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 in 2016.  It's an amazing place, and the Visitors Centre is very well done.

2 comments:

Geoff McGee said...

When I first visited Culloden in 1978 there was no museum,,just grave stones and the cairn,in 1984 there was the centre which was sympathetic to the Scots cause and their plight.
The last time I visited a few years back Anglo propaganda had turned it into the unification of two countries.
The symbolism of a hated and feared redcoat sentry on display was not lost on me!
Scotland was sold out in 1707 and 1746 was the nail in the coffin of Scottish independence.
A sombre place with its haunting past!
Geoff McGee

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen a friend of mine just came back from Scotland and he said he felt haunted by the place , those were his words and 'Sad ' and it was an experience he won't forget soon and it made him feel very proud of his Scottish heritage , I feel the same way too . RIP to all who died that day for our beautiful Scotland . please post more soon. Happy Weekend. Loving Outlander & Scotland. sincerely .