Photo: My first trip to Scotland, Culloden Moor, November, 2014
Today marks the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, which happened on April 16, 1746, and as most of us know, effectively ended the Highland culture and way of life in Scotland. I did a piece on this back on the 272nd anniversary, which you should take a look at if you have not: 272: Remembering Scottish Highlanders, and the Battle that Changed Everything.
This year, there have been several events marking the anniversary, not the least of which was a short segment with Alistair Moffat, Historian, on the finale episode of Men In Kilts. I found his account of the recitation of a warrior’s genealogy very moving. I’ve grabbed a small clip from that conversation to share…
On a personal note, I realized for the first time, that my grandmother died on this day, nineteen years ago. I always remember her in April, but this year I looked up the exact date, and it’s today, so I have spent the day remembering her, and thinking about the Battle of Culloden.
I recently had my genealogy done, and was surprised to find out I’m 33% Scottish! I always thought I was mostly Irish and Italian; perhaps that’s why I feel such an affinity for Scotland, and always a profound sadness when leaving.
Inverness Outlanders put together an excellent program for today, including music, lots of history, and an appearance by Diana G…
They also put together a little BTS highlight video of shots they took while Sam and Graham were filming Men In Kilts, at Culloden Moor.
On this the anniversary of the battle of Culloden Thankyou to @InverOutlanders for these great BTS shots when we visited this sacred site. @SamHeughan @MenInKiltsSTARZ @CullodenNTS https://t.co/ACAVKVZIrl
— Graham McTavish (@grahammctavish) April 16, 2021
— Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG) April 16, 2021
There will be a full day of activities tomorrow, hosted by Culloden National Trust For Scotland. Go here to see the schedule and tune in live tomorrow: 275th Culloden Anniversary.
I’ll close by sharing The Highland Widow’s Lament – a song written by Robert Burns, published in the Scots Musical Museum in 1796. It is said to be based on the failed rising of 1745 and tells of a woman losing her husband at the Battle of Culloden. (Source @CullodenNTS)
Touching into this brutal time for the Scots makes one grateful for one’s blessings, even during such a tumultuous time. May you have a great weekend. xo
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