Culloden Battlefield

Today, we benefited from improved weather and were able to spend the morning at Culloden Battlefield near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. This was the site of the last battle on British soil when, on April 16th 1746, a Highlander (Jacobite) army under Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by a British force under General Cumberland.

Culloden Battlefield.

Video clip of battlefield.

First we went through the excellent Visitor Centre then on to the actual battlefield where we inspected both Government and Jacobite lines with special stop at Clan Fraser burial site.

Tour group at Fraser Memorial

Next, we drove a short distance west to Beauly, a popular and attractive small town which has long-standing connections with the Lovats and Frasers. we had lunch at the Lovat Arms at which a presentation was made on behalf of the 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada) to a representative of  Simon Lovat, the 16th Lord Lovat, and 26th Chief of Clan Fraser.

Presentation by 78th Highlanders

Beauly, Scotland

Lovat Arms Hotel

Next, we moved on to nearby Kirkhill where we were provided with a guided tour of the Wardlaw Mausoleum which dates from 1634 when built as a burial-place for the Lovat Frasers with extension added in 1722 by Simon Lord Lovat aka ‘Old Fox’. Opportunity was provided to visit the crypt wherein is a body on which an investigation is in process to determine whether it is that of Simon Lord Lovat who was executed by beheading in London in 1747.

Wardlaw Mausoleum, Kirkhill, Scotland

Opening entrance to crypt

Coffins in Wardlaw Mausoleum

Finally, we returned to Inverness where some guests availed of opportunity for shopping.

Inverness, Scottish Highlands

Tomorrow, we visit Fort George and other sites.

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