Bench series: Culloden

Culloden bench
Culloden bench

After a family funeral in Inverness this summer, we made a very brief tour of the battlefield at Culloden. It suited our sombre mood. The bench above, with its Gaelic inscription, is dedicated as follows to Gordon Thom:

Dedication to Gordon Thom
Dedication to Gordon Thom

Around the bench were memorials to the fallen, on both sides.

Here the Chief of MacGillivrays fell
Here the Chief of the MacGillivrays fell
Clans MacGillivray, MacLean, MacLachlan - Atholl Highlanders
Clans MacGillivray, MacLean, MacLachlan – Atholl Highlanders
Mixed clans
Mixed clans
Field of the English
Field of the English

This is Leanach Cottage. A cannon ball is said to have been recovered from its turf wall more than a century ago.

Leanach Cottage
Leanach Cottage

I’m linking this post to Jude’s Bench Series which, for November, is looking for benches with a message.

37 Comments »

  1. We were there on a sunny, breezy day in June. As you say it is sad; spending time understanding the lead up and the tactics made the tour feel antiseptic until I stepped outside and realised how relatively small the area was and yet how huge and indiscriminate was the slaughter.

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  2. Battlefields are strange places. As others have mentioned, sombre, desolate, sad. Thinking of all those men slaughtered. For what? Now the whole planet seems to be a battlefield, and not only soldiers are being slaughtered. Aside from that your cottage photo is absolutely beautiful, I’d be tempted to crop out that tree on the left-hand side, but otherwise a perfect composition 🙂

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  3. Hi Anabel,
    I agree with you about the sense of sadness around Culloden. That’s what is in my memory of a visit there long time ago.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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