|Fortrose Cathedral ruins|
|Gothic arch, heavy rain|
|Effigy of Countess Euphemia|
|Partial effigy of Bishop Robert Cairncross|
|Memorial plaque, Fortrose Cathedral|
Then, it was on to Culloden, site of the last battle on British soil (1746) and the end of the Jacobite uprising against the Hanoverian line of kings. More than 2,100 Jacobites were killed, wounded, or captured; more than 300 British forces. Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Stuart) and the dream of a Scottish king were over. I know that Karen will write much more about Culloden in her blog, Letters from Shenanigan Valley, but this was the next logical topic on our trip.
|Boggy Culloden battlefield|
We made our visit on a gray day, when the scrubby, undulating fields were as boggy as the day of the battle. The original walls which offered troops firing positions have been re-built, though lower. Blue flags mark the position of the Jacobite lines; red mark the British. Small memorials mark where Jacobite clans fought, and in the shadow of the Culloden memorial that honors all the dead, are smaller monuments to the dead of individual clans, buried on the battlefield.
|Plaque on Culloden memorial|
|Culloden memorial in the mist|
|Culloden memorial cairn|
|Monument to the Athols of the Highlands|
|Karen photographing monument to French who fought for Jacobites|
|Monument to the dead of Clan Mackintosh|
|Battle mixes the dead where they can not be separated|
|Flowers for Clan Munro|
|School trip to Culloden battlefield|
It is a somber place, Culloden, a battlefield, a military graveyard, and a field of lost dreams.