It was the sound of Scottish wives and mothers looking for the bodies of their husband’s and son’s for on this day 270 years ago the hope of a Stuart Jacobite king sitting on the throne of the Three kingdoms was forever lost.
More than a year earlier Charles Edward Stuart had arrived in Scotland to try and win the Kingdom.
The road to Culloden had been a long and rocky one for the Scot’s
It seems that the fates, destiny, the various armies of George II and God himself had contrived to prevent a Catholic prince (just as God had done in the reign of Elizabeth I.) From gaining the throne. At one point the Scottish Armies we’re so close to London George bethought himself safer in Hanover.
However as it maybe after a long night March the Scottish clans supporting the Bonny Prince arrived early in the morning of 16 April 1746.
The Scottish lined up in the usual way and prepared for battle the British forces having been freshly rested prepared in an orderly fashion and waited at the appointed time the battery of guns and gunnery began the clans charged the British lines only to fall wave after wave of Scottish men came on and on blown apart by the British guns eventually the Scottish waves broken by the cannon fire began to fall apart.
The British charged and the rest is history.
The Butcher of Culloden then have the order that none were to be spared and all we’re to be put to the Sword.
The dream of a Stuart King on the Throne of Britain was over.
The clearance of the highlands began pipes, clans, kilts and anything Scottish was suppressed for almost 50 years.
Eventually George the fourth began to feel romantic towards the Scottish and the restrictions we’re removed.
125 years after the battle a visitor to the Moor was able to find human bones just beneath the surface. A grim reminder of the mortality of all men.
Today there are two princes of the blood who are in line to the throne of Britain who are direct (William & Harry) descendants of the second to last Stuart king, Charles II through various of their ancestors who will one day if tradition follows be the Next King of Britain.
Thus the dream of the Stuart kings will be restored.
Today the Moor is much the way it was 270 years ago with the exceptions of the monuments to the fallen Scottish and the tourism thrives as the descendent’s of the disposia return to seek out their roots and ancestors.
They come from the USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SOUTH AFRICA, AND MANY OTHER PLACE ALL LOOKING FOR THEIR ROOTS AND REMEMBERING CULLODEN
THE REASON I THINK IS BECAUSE FOR US 270 YEARS IS JUST THE OTHER DAY IN HISTORIC TERMS.
Who gave their lives for a free Scotland and a lost cause.
Today Scotland is still part of Britain, but this is by the choice and referendum.
The author is of Scottish descent and part of the Scottish disposia
The Author is a dyslexic who supports himself and his family through written.
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