Thursday, April 16, 2020

Culloden anniversary



Today is the 274th 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 a few years ago 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.

3 comments:

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen watched the episode in which Jamie and Claire say their last goodbye before Culloden and it was very emotional as it always is , I find it interesting that both Culloden and the Sinking of the Titanic should happen within days of each other and both were tragic disasters that changed the world's history . RIP all those Highlanders who gave their lives and to make Scotland what she is today , you have not died in vain . makes me proud to be Scottish . please post more soon. Happy week. Loving Outlander & Scotland.

Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog said...

I was here in August and it was very emotional on my Jacobite heart! God bless all our brave Jacobite soldiers! God bless all of them!

Geoff C. said...

Culloden is one of the most barren of places to visit. It's eerie and sombrely quiet. It's like walking on hallowed ground - evocative - whilst being rather spiritual.

It's tragic that it's being slowly encroached upon by housing!