Culloden Battlefield in Scotland, U.K.

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The final battle of the Jacobite Rising against the British Government was fought on Culloden Battlefield in 1746. It was a decisive victory for William Augustus’s Loyalist troops over Charles Stewart’s primarily Scottish Jacobian forces. It is estimated that 1500-2000 Jacobites died versus only 50-300 Government soldiers. It was the last pitched battle (both sides agree where to lineup and fight one another) in Britain, the last use of the Highland Charge (running downhill through musket fire while screaming in Gaelic), and lasted only an hour. The Culloden battle and subsequent crackdown attempt to further integrate the unruly Scottish highlands into the kingdom of Great Britain earned William Augustus the resentful nickname “Butcher”.  

Bosco enters the battlefield with nervous anticipation. It’s a large space with both paved and unpaved walkways, which can get pretty muddy
Our hero races bravely back across the field after scouting another battledog in the distance. There is a huge “dog exercise area” frequented by locals (though exactly how huge we don’t know as the borders are unmarked. Bosco ran free throughout)
There are some helpful signs explaining salient site features
The Jacobite front line is marked by blue flags and the opposing government line with red, and both have walking paths. Highlander Bosco makes sure his line is held
Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series may also know Culloden as an important location in the adventures of Claire and Jamie Fraser. Here’s the Clan Fraser stone
“THE BATTLE OF CULLODEN WAS FOUGHT ON THIS MOOR 16TH APRIL 1746 – THE GRAVES OF THE GALLANT HIGHLANDERS WHO FOUGHT FOR SCOTLAND & PRINCE CHARLIE ARE MARKED BY THE NAMES OF THEIR CLANS”
Jeff and Bosco by some clan stones with the visitors center in the background
A beautiful and interesting place to contemplate Scotland’s bloody past
“WELL OF THE DEAD – HERE THE CHIEF OF THE MACGILLIVRAYS FELL”
“FIELD OF THE ENGLISH – THEY WERE BURIED HERE” Mystery and controversy surrounds how many English died and how much it was hushed up to give the appearance of strength

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