The Prince Who Would be King – Who is Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales? I went looking for a missing prince, perhaps the greatest king we never had. He’s Henry Frederick Stuart, Prince of Wales… Henry, eldest son of James VI and I died in 1612 aged only 18. His huge funeral is the first recorded state […]
Click link for Talk for the National Trust at Culloden battlefield, on the awful consequences for those the shadow of Culloden fell over in the months after it.
‘Pursue and Hunt these Vermin amongst their lurking Hills’ – the Duke of Cumberland In the months after Culloden, the ordinary Highlanders – soldiers and non-combatants alike – were not yet seen as an asset by the occupying forces. Unlike their land and animals. ‘We are all accounted rebels now’ lamented one Invernessian, who had […]
‘Destroy all the Rebels you find there’ – Cumberland What strikes me when I hear and read about the aftermath of Culloden, is how recognisable it sometimes feels. I want to post some of the things I talked about at The National Trust Culloden Battlefield Centre last weekend, on the anniversary of the Battle. This […]
Death of a Highland Chief 9th April 1747. His execution was a public holiday. Tens of thousands crowded onto Tower Hill for the entertainment. The prisoner in the Tower of London raged at his barber. In a few hours he would lose his head. Yet, the barber had offered up the noble, condemned head’s wig, […]