A Student of History

August 24, 2006

Historian has new take on Culloden

Filed under: Historic Places,The past that is still with us,Wars — John Maass @ 1:47 am


From the Sunday Times, Aug. 20th edition:

BONNIE Prince Charlie’s defeat at Culloden should be a cause for national celebration instead of collective wailing and gnashing of teeth, one of Britain’s leading historians has advised Scots. Dan Snow, presenter of the BBC’s Battlefield Britain series, said that the most famous defeat on Scottish soil was good for the country. He condemned Scottish nationalists for using the result to promote anti-English hatred. Snow believes that Culloden was not about warring nations but was a Highland uprising against the Hanoverian government in London and its representatives in Edinburgh.

A wee bit of background on the battle, from the National Trust for Scotland:

Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle fought on mainland Britain, is one of the most iconic and emotive sites in Scotland. The battle that took place here on 16 April 1746 effectively ended Jacobite hopes of restoring the exiled Stuart dynasty to the throne of Britain. The army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart was crushed by Government forces led by the Duke of Cumberland. In less than an hour – the time it takes to walk round the battlefield – it was over. The brutal measures imposed after the battle signalled the end of the distinctive way of life and culture of the Highland people of Scotland.

(Modern view of the field)

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