The unforgettable Battle of Culloden with on-site and online events

A clan gravestone on the Culloden Battlefield.

A FULL weekend of events has been organized to remember the tragedy of the Battle of Culloden which took place on April 16, 1746.

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), which manages the battlefield, has confirmed details to commemorate the battle this year.

Some events will take place at the battle site and others online from Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17.

NTS Operations Manager for Culloden, Raoul Curtis-Machin, said: ‘The Battle of Culloden was the culmination of a year of brutal conflict across Britain. So many people were affected and the events on the battlefield and their impacts still resonate to this day, which is why so many people join in his commemoration.

Booking for all on-site events is essential, with the exception of the Commemoration Service. Book at www.nts.org.uk. Online events will be accessible at https://www.nts.org.uk/stories/culloden-commemoration-2022.

The battle marked the abrupt end of the last Jacobite rising. It was one of the most harrowing battles in British history.

Jacobite supporters, seeking to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, gathered to fight the government troops of the Duke of Cumberland. It was the last pitched battle on British soil, and within an hour approximately 1,600 men were killed, including 1,500 Jacobites.

The Culloden Visitor Center next to the battlefield features artifacts from both sides of the battle and interactive exhibits that reveal the background to the conflict. It is both a monument and a guide to a pivotal day in history.

The full weekend schedule is:

April 14

10:15 a.m. On site – Conservation grazing at Culloden. How NTS manages the landscape through the use of pasture. Cattle, horses and goats all play their part. Reservation is essential.

10:30 a.m. online – Stories of war. Discover a range of perspectives on the battle in this 20-minute lecture series. These discussions are free to connect and listen.

2:00 p.m. On site – The map of Culloden. Join the NTS Engagement and Domain Team for a one-hour battlefield tour. This tour will explore battle tactics, the role of Calvary and artillery, and the impact of the conflict on the communities surrounding Culloden. Reservation is essential.

April 15

10:15 a.m. On site – Conservation grazing at Culloden.

10:30 a.m. online – Yesterday and now. Join Derek Alexander, Head of Archeology for the NTS and Professor Christopher Duffy, author of The ’45 and Fight for a Throne. The Jacobite ’45 reconsidered as they discuss recent archaeological digs at the site and the new maps that have been drawn together.

13:00 Onsite and online – Consequences and politics of Cumberland in Scotland. Join Professor Murray Pittock, author of Culloden, in our annual Association 1745 lecture as he examines the impact of government policy in Scotland in the aftermath of Culloden. This session will be streamed online with limited seating available onsite. Reservation is essential.

2:00 p.m. On site – The map of Culloden. Join the NTS Engagement and Domain Team for a one-hour battlefield tour. This tour will explore battle tactics, the role of Calvary and artillery, and the impact of the conflict on the communities surrounding Culloden. Reservation is essential.

April 16

11:00 a.m. On site – Commemorative ceremony. Join the Gaelic Society of Inverness in the annual commemoration of the battle. The event will consist of a wreath laying and an address by the Honorary Head of the Society. This is a ticketless event, but parking is limited on site.

1:00 p.m. On-site and online – Battle perspectives. Join David Alston, author of Slaves and Highlanders: Silenced Histories of Scotland and the Caribbean, Maggie Craig author of Damn Rebel Bitches and Bare Ass Banditti and Dr Arran Johnston, Founding Director of the Scottish Battlefields Trust, as they discuss perspectives on the battle, often highlighting the ignored voices and the consequences of the conflict. This session will be streamed online with limited seating available onsite. Reservation is essential.

April 17

10:15 a.m. On site – Conservation grazing at Culloden. Reservation is essential.

10:30 a.m. online – The view from the field. Join Director of Operations Raoul Curtis Machin and Estate Manager Catriona McIntosh as they chat with members of the Culloden Estate team about their work in progress. They will discuss the impact of the battlefield landscape, sense of place, and what day-to-day care looks like.

1:00 p.m. online – Tartan speaking. This fabric plays a huge role in Scottish culture. Find out more about tartan weaving today and the history of the fabric in this interesting and engaging conversation with Andrew Mackenzie, Head of Old Master Paintings at Bonhams and owner of Claire Campbell, founder and driving force behind Prickly Thistle Tartan.

2:00 p.m. On site – The map of Culloden. This one-hour battlefield tour will explore battle tactics, the role of Calvary and artillery, and the impact of the conflict on the communities surrounding Culloden. Reservation is essential.


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