This year marks the 275th anniversary of Culloden.
On April 16, 1746, The Battle of Culloden, the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 will be commemorated this year, virtually.
Culloden was the last pitched battle to be fought on British soil. The forces loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, were defeated by the Duke of Cumberland’s government army, on Drummossie Moor, overlooking Inverness.
The Jacobite Rising was an attempt to overthrow the House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne.
To be a Jacobite meant that you were a supporter of the deposed James II and VII, king of England, Scotland and Ireland and his descendants in their claim to the British throne. The Revolution of 1688, marked the time James II was replaced by his daughter, Mary II and her husband, William III of Orange,
The Rising of 1745 was the last Jacobite attempt to regain the throne. Previous risings occurred in 1689–90, 1715 and 1719. After the final defeat at the Battle of Culloden, Jacobite supporters were executed and imprisoned and homes in the Highlands were burned.
Today, 275 years after the Battle of Culloden, we have seen a return to the wearing of tartan, the playing of bagpipes and the speaking of the Gaelic language.