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Culloden Difficult to imagine on a mild spring day, with the skylarks singing overhead, in the 21st century the horrors of that took place here on Drumrossie Moor at Midday on the 16th April in 1746- the last major battle on British Soil, or for that matter imagined what happened to the families of those defeated Jacobites following defeat.
Bonnie Prince Charlie , the eldest son of King James VIII of Scotland and III of England, landed in Scotland on 1745, soon gaining the support of the Clan Chieftains, amassed an army of 5000 men. Exhausted and outnumbered in battle by 9000 Hanoverian Government Forces led by the Duke of Cumberland. Over 1200 Jacobite forces died during the hour long battle, with 400 of the Dukes men also loosing their lives. The Clan chiefs were forced to forfeit their lands. Jacobite men were transported to America. At least 3000 Jacobite men women and children were massacred after being rounded up following their defeat.
The mass graves of the dead are marked with gravestones for each of the defeated clans, Clan Cameron, Clan Stewart of Appiun, Clan Maclean to name but three. The well of the Dead 'here died the commander of the Clan Chayttan Regiment'
The Museum contains a fascinating display of Scottish Weaponry from flintlock rifles to blunder buses, to pistols, from broadswords to leather targe.
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