Culloden a name that will live long in Scottish history, a name of a
Moor that lives large in the imagination of romantics.
When the name of Culloden is mentioned, within every heart that has even one drop of Scots blood beats the breath catches, a swell of emotion at the thought of the loss of the great Scottish cause. Whether that heart beats in a chest belonging to a Brazilian or a South African with one Scots ancestor.
It lives large in imagination because the imagery of a bonny young prince undertaking a cause to rest or to his father a thrown that had been lost by an irresponsible monarch who should really have known better James II had lived through the troubles that had plagued. his father Charles I but the lesson was lost on James II if he had listened to the English people then the glorious revolution of 1688 would have never happened if he had been as prudent like his elder brother then the Stuart’s might yet have ruled Britain.
The Hanoverian line might still be in Hanover but nay, nay pride and the foolishness of a Catholic monarch decreed otherwise.
History is filled with incidents that have changed the course of history.
It is not that the Jacobite cause lost at Culloden Moor is the only lost cause, but it is the lost cause that has been romanticised by the vanquished but by writers on the side of the victors, further the fact that George the 4th did much to renew interest in the Scottish traditions and ways that had been suppressed by the British at the time of the rebellion.
Much much later queen Victoria did simar and was very happy during her visits to Balmoral.
Following the defeat of the clans at
Culloden William Duke of Cumber began the process of the passification of the highlands the clan system was destroyed, the kilt prohibited and the carrying of the traditional Claymore swords a weapon of superior quality outlawed.
SIR Walter Scott’s novels novel The heat of Midlothian’s also did much to romanticise and restore Scotland’s dignity.
In the wake of the battle the pacification began homesteads we’re burnt, men sold into slavery in the islands of the carabian and the sugar plantations of the west Indies to promote British interests.
Today in every corner if the globe you will find a vestige of the Scots who we’re dispersed from Russia to south America, from Canada to China you will find people who still carry a Scots surname.
Further the world at large owes a great debit to the Scottish nature because if you begin to count the number of items invented by people with Scots heritage the television, the telephone, the light bulb, penicillin, the modern road building process, best of all the bag pipes and a wonderful thing called haggis.
Pointedly it was in resent years suggested that a monument to the fallen British should be erected at
Culloden thankfully this idea was cast out into outer darkness and rightfully so.
For no British monument should stand on Scottish soil for it would be the ultimate insult to the fallen clansmen of Culloden Moor.
Further Culloden symbolises at least to me the fact that Scotland will one day be free of England yoke. It would already have been for Scots practically and north sea oil, but one day that will dry up and then the Scots at home can properly reevaluate the union with England.
It is but small comfort to know that when the late Princess of Wales son becomes king a prince with more Stuart blood than the current Hanoverian usurpers have in their veins.
It is not that I have anything against the Hanoverian dynasty other than an intense dislike for Charles prince of Wales (for some very obvious reasons) in general they have done a reasonably good job of ruling the empire since the time of Victoria.
Now dear reader I must, I must a way to spend a few happy hours in the arms of Morpheus and slumber deep for who know if we will rise to greet the day and thank the great God for another day.
For on the morrow a new day we a sail of labour bend and with humanity blend.
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