View from Culloden Battlefield looking north.

Here is a summary of events leading up to the Battle of Culloden and the battle itself.

Arrival of Charles

On August 19th 1745 Charles Edward Stuart “Bonnie Prince Charlie” landed on the shores of Loch Shiel at Glenfinnan. This was the catalyst of a military based challenge to claim the crowns of England and Scotland for the House of Stuart. Some eighty years earlier Charles’s grandfather, James II had been expelled by the British establishment owing to James’s catholicism subsequent to which Britain had been governed as a protestant country.

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