National Trust for Scotland announces 2023 events for Culloden anniversary

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National Trust for Scotland announces 2023 events for Culloden anniversary
National Trust for Scotland announces 2023 events for Culloden anniversary

The National Trust for Scotland has announced a series of events to commemmorate Culloden on the 277th anniversary of the battle.

On April 16, 1746 the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart was routed by British forces in what was the final pitched battle to be faught on UK soil.

It saw over 1500 lives lost in the space of an hour on the site near Inverness, with many coming as they retreated from the battlefield.

The anniversary weekend, on 14-16 April, will include the annual commemoration service led by the Gaelic Society of Inverness at the memorial cairn. The services first took place at the memorial cairn in 1925 and have continued, in one form or another, to this day.

This year’s service, at 11am on 15 April, will include wreaths being laid and a piper.

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The events planned for this year’s commemoration will include in-person seminars, livestreams and a digital tour of the site, in addition to the Gaelic Society of Inverness service. They include the launch of an exhibition, Culloden Memories, which has seen people from all over the world sending in their memories, photographs, and mementos of the site and will cover the social history of the battlefield since 1746.

Gail Cleaver, Operations Manager for the National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden Cluster, commented: “Culloden is a powerful and evocative historic site, and the story of the battle and its aftermath have global relevance and interest.


"We look forward to welcoming our visitors to the site for our commemoration weekend and exploring the story of Culloden together – mindful not just of the events and legacies of the battle, but of the impacts of war and civil war on the lives of people around the world today.

"We welcome the growing interest in Culloden and its stories, and look forward to extending people’s knowledge of and sense of engagement with the battle, the events that preceded and followed it, and people’s memories of it over the course of our commemoration events on 14-16 April. As at all times of year, we would ask all visitors to the commemoration service events to show respect to the site, and in particular to the graves area of the battlefield, remembering that over 1500 people lost their lives here.

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“We will ask all visitors to the commemoration to help us care for this special place, by giving space to areas that show signs of high footfall or damage.

"We’re grateful for people’s support and co-operation in this, as well as for the support from National Trust for Scotland members, donors and visitors. This is vital in enabling us to care for Culloden and our other special places in support of our conservation and engagement objectives and our vision of nature, beauty and heritage for everyone.”

You can book your place here.