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Quiet Steps

The hot breeze rustled through the heather, the birds chirped under a bright blue sky. There could have been nothing profound about this typical Scottish scene except that

this is Culloden Moor. There is a silence in the atmosphere that you can feel, this despite the number of people. It’s a far cry from how this very parcel of land was on an April afternoon 273 years ago when the last battle held on English soil commenced. The death toll for the Jacobites was tremendous, over 1500 died in less than an hour. The effect of this battle still lingers on in the Highlands of Scotland.

If one walked the moor and was under the influence of the “Outlander effect” ** it would have been easy to place yourself there in a romantic view of the battle. The stone cabin at the edge of the Moor. The stones of remembrance for the clans.

But this was war and this is both a battlefield and a graveyard

The facts are well presented in the Interpretive Center. They manged to capture both the Jacobite and British stories. How family members could be found on both sides. How bad decisions on both sides had far reaching consequences.

There is more to this story but a) the internet is not working well, b) the words won’t flow, c) my device and I aren’t liking each other and d) like usual it is late. So perhaps some other time I will come fill in the blanks about badly prepared armies with starving men and the pillage and rape as the aftermath. Of how two men controlled the fates of so many.

Bernie

** tourists who follow around Jamie and Claire from the popular book series called Outlander. There are tours that just cover the sites they used in filming which are all widely out of whack with relatively. Heck the visitors center even had the books, mugs and assorted other items.

5 thoughts on “Quiet Steps

  1. You hit the nail..”The effect of this battle still lingers on in the Highlands”. When I was at my clan gathering in 2008, we hiked with a bunch of Scots. One fellow, in talking to me, said something about “the ’45’. It took me a minute to realize what he was talking about – Culloden. And the anger against the Brits is strong among many.

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    1. Yes in this generation you would think 1945/WW2. We’ve not had that kind of in-depth conversations but did hear from a young man today that if brezit goes ahead they will apply back as their own country.

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  2. Oh my – let my imagination run wild! Such beautiful country – with such violent history! Love hearing about your journey.

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  3. Good Post Bernie. As a descendant of the Stewart clan and a very distant relative of Bonnie Prince Charlie, I grieve for what happened here. Sad to say Prince Charlie may have been Bonnie, but perhaps he did not know when the jig was up. Love Outlander and can’t wait for the next season. Allan

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