In the following videos a dramatic reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden AD 1746, the final clash between the French-supported Jacobites (the political movement devoted to restore the House of Stuart to the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland) of Charles Edward Stuart (1720-1788, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the British Army of George II. Culloden dealt the Jacobite cause a decisive defeat. Every Jacobite rebel was killed either at the battle or hunted down and murdered, even their wives children and anybody protecting them were killed. Culloden was also the last battle ever to be fought on British soil.
Other tributes to the Scottish Heroes who died fighting at the Battle of Culloden Moor.
In the first video the images are accompanied by the song "Culloden's Harvest" performed by Mary Dillon from the traditional Irish music band Deanta.
Cold the wind on the moors blow.
Warm the enemy's fire glows.
Like the harvest of Culloden,
Pain and fear and death grow.
1. 'Twas love of our prince drove us on to Drumossie,
But in scarcely the time that it takes me to tell
The flower of our country lay scorched by an army
As ruthless and red as the embers of hell.
2. Red Campbell the Fox did the work of the English.
McDonald in anger did no work at all.
With musket and cannon 'gainst honour and courage.
The invader's men stood while our clansmen did fall.
3. Nine mothers and children were left to their weeping,
With only the memory of father and son.
Turned out of their homes to make shelter for strangers,
The blackest of hours on this land has begun.
In the video below you will listen to the song "The Ghosts of Culloden" interpreted by the Scottish contemporary country singer Isla Grant.
The Ghosts of Culloden
Can you hear them, can you see them
Marching proudly across the moor,
Hear the wind blow thru the drifting snow,
Tell me can you see them, the ghosts of Culloden
Many bravely fought and sadly they were slain,
But they died with such pride and dignity,
Their lives were not in vain,
We still remember them,
They fought to save their land, and died for liberty
Thru the mist you'll hear - a lonely piper play,
Listen carefully - you'll hear - a mournful cry,
Swords and bayonets crash - as man to man they clash,
They came to fight to live - and now they die
[REPEAT CHORUS x2]