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Culloden Battlefield, Inverness

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Culloden Battlefield

Roughly six miles south-east of Inverness, you’ll find Culloden Battlefield. This wind swept moor is the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite army were finally crushed in April 1746 and it was the last battle to be fought on mainland Britain.

A path lead from the visitor centre through the Field of the English, where 52 men of the Duke of Cumberland's forces, who died during the battle, are said to be buried. Other features of interest included the Graves of the Clans (communal burial places with simple stones bearing individual clan names), the great Memorial Cairn, the Well of the Dead and the huge Cumberland Stone, from which the victorious "Butcher" Cumberland is said to have reviewed the scene.

The battle only lasted 40 minutes during which time the Scottish Prince's army lost some 1,200 men out of 5,000, and the English King's army 300 of 9,000.

In the visitor centre, I had a chance to watch the audiovisual presentation on the background and history of this famous battle, which was informative and added some realism to the sites I'd just visited. [more ]

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