The Culloden Ghosts
April 16, 1746… The Battle of Culloden is the final clash between the Jacobites – most of them Highland Scots and and the British Government. The Jacobites supported the claim of “Bonnie Prince Charlie” to the throne. The so-called “Young Pretender” was defeated, left Britain and went to Rome. The aftermath of the battle was very brutal and the civil penalties also were severe: the Highlanders’ clan system was attacked by new laws, and the highland dress was forbidden.
There still are many ghosts at Culloden Moor: anniversary ghosts, for example, who return on the 16 April and make themselves heard by their battle cries or the clash of steel on steel. Bonnie Prince Charlie s still grieving his defeat at nearby Culloden House. There doesn’t grow any heather over the graves of the Jacobites and there are no birds singing at the battlefield since, on the eve of the battle, a huge black bird was seen and heard by the Jacobite Commander Lord George Murray. This Great Scree of Culloden Moor is reported to bring bad luck. And then there is this tall Highlander ghost with a drawn weary face, who – when you meet him – will quietly whisper: “Defeated…”
The Clan Fraser stone at Culloden