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.

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37 thoughts on “Bench series: Culloden

  1. Lori L MacLaughlin December 5, 2015 / 19:47

    We walked the Culloden battlefield when we were there in 1995 and took photos of the MacLachlan stones we found. My late husband’s family descends from the MacLachlan clan.

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  2. Donna November 22, 2015 / 15:01

    Sorry about your loss. The desolation of this place is so fitting for a battlefield Memorial.

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  3. rosemaylily2014 November 21, 2015 / 23:40

    Very moving series of photos Anabel. It looks a mournful and desolate place – beautiful in a haunting way!

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  4. giselzitrone November 21, 2015 / 11:43

    Thank you ich habe ein Überzetzungsbrogram da kann ich soweit alles lesen.Wünsche ein gutes week-end und alles Liebe Gislinde

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  5. Alex Hurst November 20, 2015 / 02:37

    Beautiful place, though certainly somber. Reminds me a lot of the battlefields I’ve seen that are peppered all across the United States. Vast, slightly rolling fields, sometimes with livestock, but rarely.

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    • Anabel Marsh November 20, 2015 / 07:43

      Yes, I’ve visited a few Civil War battlefields and get the same haunted feeling especially when the landscape is much as it would have been. Manassass for example or the Sunken Road near Richmond. They stick in my mind.

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      • Alex Hurst November 22, 2015 / 12:09

        For me, it would definitely be Custard’s Last Stand. What a long, low place. Places like that definitely tend to carry the scars of memory, even when it might not be known by the people passing through.

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