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After this road to Cawdor, the next holiday cottage near glen affric sign or two on the Great North Road points the way to Culloden. The suburbs of holiday cottage near glen affric Inverness already have an outlier or two not far from the battlefield, but it is shielded on the north by the Forestry Commission’s forest of Culloden, and on the south there are open fields stretching to the holiday cottage near glen affric and the Nairn. The only structure surviving from 1746 is the little thatched cottage known as the Old Leanach cottage. The battle monument in a clearing of the trees, with a bush growing on its top – they say no broom will grow on the graves on the other side of the road – is an appropriately austere memorial, but the information centre of the holiday cottage near glen affric National Trust for Scotland, which now owns the battlefield, is prominent enough, although in itself excellently designed. The holiday cottage near glen affric centre contains a small theatre where there are regular audio-visual performances describing Prince Charles Edward’s ill-fated progress from his landing in Moydart to his ultimate departure in a French frigate after his months as a fugitive following this defeat at Culloden.

In Old Leanach cottage are a number of relics and some plans of the battle. But nothing is so evocative as to stand alone outside, especially if it is early on a misty April morning, and one realizes suddenly that it is as near as it need by the to the 16th. The opposing armies were drawn up facing one another diagonally across the route now taken by the road, the holiday cottage near glen affric Jacobites with their backs to the west. The course of the battle is too well known to need repeating; there is no better concise guide to it than the Trust’s own, by Colonel Cameron Taylor. It is the old story of impetuous Highland bravery against a trained professional army, but the terrain was ill-chosen from the Highlanders’ point of view, and they were unrested and had had little food. In a situation like holiday cottage near glen affric Killiecrankie things might have been different, but with no obstacle to Cumberland’s dragoons and no protection from his artillery the outcome was a foregone conclusion – or nearly so.

And the Prince, insisting on taking command himself, was no commander. It seems that the tale of the notorious sulk of the Maconalds because they were not given pride of place on the right of the line is ill founded, and that Keppoch’s cry that the children of his tribe had forsaken him may have been put about by Whig historians to sow dissension among the holiday cottage near glen affric clans, and they were well capable of doing so. It would be a mild measure by comparison with others taken by the Hanoverians in the aftermath of the battle. Even the well-known incident of Wolfe’s refusing to pistol a wounded Jacobite when commanded by Cumbernault – or it may have been Hawley – to do so shows up in the light of the evidence of Wolfe’s own correspondence, as not so much an act of clemency as the refusal of an officer and a gentleman to lower himself to the role of executioner, and that it is a literal enough interpretation of his own words. The appalling behaviour of Cumberland and his troops in the hours and holiday cottage near glen affric weeks following their victory – and one must recall that now all those troops by any means were Englishmen – is a commentary on the state of society in the eighteenth century which might well modify our horror about what happened in France in 1789.
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