from a Bust by Lemoyne
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|Lion deoch-slainte Thearlaich, |
A mheirlich, strac a' chuach;
B'i sid an iocshlaint' aluinn,
Dh' ath-bheothaicheadh mo chaileachd,
Ged a bhiodh am bas orm,
Gun neart, gun agh, gun tuar,-
Righ nan dul a chur do ohabhlaich
Oirnn thar sail' ri luaths.
HAVING been for some years resident in the neighbourhood of the Culloden [now Allanfearn] Railway Station, the Author's attention has been a good deal engaged with the scene and incidents of the expiring struggle of the Stuart dynasty, and the last battle fought on British ground. The Culloden family take a warm interest in all matters connected with the action; and though the battle of Culloden has been repeatedly described in the course of works of more general history and disquisition, the circumstances are becoming unfamiliar to the public at large; and it has been thought that a separate account, embracing a survey of what has been said on various controverted points by different writers, with the addition of more minute topographical details, and the aid of received local tradition, might be acceptable, more especially to strangers visiting the field of battle. . . .
The Plans have been accurately and tastefully prepared by Mr. James Fraser, land and engineering surveyor, Inverness; and to his labours much of any success which may attend the publication will fall to be ascribed. . . .
It has been deemed proper to add a description of the interesting collection of Stone Circles and Cairns at Clava, in the near vicinity of the battle-field, as well deserving inspection. . . .
INVERNESS, lst July, 1867.
Half-a-century ago my father believed that the circumstances connected with the Forty-Five were becoming unfamiliar to the public at large. The last fifty three years have seen a renascence of interest in the Stuart risings, and the printing of a number of contemporary records has led to a juster estimate of the events that culminated on Culloden Moor. and of the actors that played their parts therein.
It has, however, been represented to me that the place filled by my father's little book - which has been long out of print - has not been otherwise occupied; and filial piety readily prompts me to agree to Mr. Mackay's suggestion that it should be reprinted with such alterations as are called for by recent changes in the locality, and its means of access. No attempt has been made to introduce fuller historical details, but a short list has been appended of the more authoritative recent works in which such details may be found.
It is a source of peculiar gratification to express indebtedness to Mr. James Fraser, who has renewed in 1920 his services to the book, which my father acknowledged in 1867.
ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY, 1st July, 1920.
|Lochiel, Lochiel! beware of the day |
When the Lowlands shall meet thee in battle array!
For a field of the dead rushes red on my sight,
And the clans of Culloden are scattered in fight.
They rally, they bleed, for their country and crown;