April 16, 1746-The Day of Decision

My novel, Caledonia: A Song of Scotland, reaches it climax at the battle of Culloden.  On April 16, 1746, the future history of Scotland was set.  The defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden did more than end the Year of Charles, it was the end of the Stuart reign over Scotland,  Clan system,  and the end of Scotland being an independent nation separate from England.  After the Battle of Culloden, William Augustus, the Duke of Cumberland, and King George II’s favorite son, destroyed much of the life of Scotland and drove out or killed many Highlanders.  This event was the impetus for many Scots to migrate to the American colonies, where they would later fight in the French and Indian War and even later plague the British again during the American Revolution, which we celebrate this weekend.

I would like to provide my readers with my photographs of the Battlefield of Culloden as it appears today.   All photographs are the author’s, except as otherwise noted.

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 466

One is greeted outside of the Battlefield by a sign welcoming one to the Visitor  Centre.  It is a magnificent building, with a number of features which truly make the battle come alive.  Among them is a battlefield table and battle immersion film.

Dusk falling over Culloden Visitor Centre

Culloden Visitor Centre

Dusk falling over Culloden Visitor Centre

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 467

It is an inspirational place.

 

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 469

© National Trust for Scotland

What a Scottish soldier fighting for the British might have looked like.

 

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 474

Panoramic view of the battlefield.

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 471

Path along the British lines.

 

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 479

Original marker for the battle.

 

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 480Close up of tablet on original marker.

 

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 487

The MacDonald Clan mass burial site.  This probably on the ground as far forward as the Clan MacDonald Highlanders were able to reach.  Unbeknownst to the Scots, the area in front of the MacDonalds was quite marshy and prevented them getting closer than within 80 or so yards of the British lines on the far Jacobite left wing.

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 484

Close up of Clan MacDonald mass grave marker.

Ireland, Wales, Scotland July August 2014 485

Informational sign at the Clan MacDonald mass grave marker stone.

I honor the men of the Clan MacDonald and the other Clans that gave their lives on the field of Culloden.

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s