Sheriffmuir 300 Commemoration Event Friday 13 November,
Arrangements are now all in place for the “tri-venue” commemorative event at Sheriffmuir on Fri 13 November
and I am emailing you all now to let you have the relevant details in advance.
Firstly, although I am still awaiting confirmation of the final numbers in one group,
I believe that there will be at least 20 people in our party comprising mostly 1745 Association members plus one or two guests including, most notably, John and Elizabeth Nichols
Northumbrian ’15 Society. As far as I can work out I think that 15 of us are intending to repair to the
Sheriffmuir Inn on completion for afternoon tea,
so that should all be very convivial.
As a reminder, there will also be approximately 60 others attending from the various affiliated clans of the
Highland Clans and Societies (AHCS), as well as a separate, distinct group from the Clan MacRae. In all therefore there should be about 80 of us which will be a
good turnout. It is also of note that James Erskine, the current Earl of Mar, will also be attending as a guest of the ACHS.
Please remember that there is no parking at the battle site cairns, and everyone should meet and park their cars at the
Sheriffmuir Inn, FK15 0LN, before 13:30.
(Indeed any vehicles parked at the very small layby next to the cairns will prove very awkward and inconvenient as there will be limited space for the numbers present on foot).
Toilet facilities will be available in the Inn for those who, as we say in the Royal Navy, may wish to take the “seamanlike precaution” of “easing springs”
in advance of battle! The first shuttle bus will leave from the Inn at around 13:20. Buses will shuttle people the mile or so, down to the
cairns ready to start
the Commemoration at 14:00.
There is some talk amongst ACHS members of marching down the road from the Inn to the
cairns, although at the time of emailing I am
not entirely sure if this will take place or not, and I daresay will depend upon the weather. If this takes place I am sure that any of you who wished to join
this march would be welcome to do so, but may wish to arrive slightly earlier for this.
As previously mentioned, the intention will be to hold three commemorative events in succession commencing at the Clan MacRae cairn, followed by a second one at our 1745 Association
cairn only a few meters along the road. Bob Harley has very kindly agreed to write and conduct a short service for our part of the proceedings which will include a few appropriate words, prayers
and the reading of a poem about the battle, followed buy the laying of a wreath from the 1745 Association and the playing of a lament by a piper from the
Clan MacRae. Bob will provide a printed Order of Service on the day. (Don’t forget your specs!)
For John Nichols — John, we are very pleased that you and Elizabeth will be with us and would of course be delighted to include provision in the proceedings for you to lay a wreath on behalf
of the Northumbrian ’15 Society if you wish to. Alternatively you may prefer to lay a wreath at the Gathering Stone. You can let us know in due course, or on the day.
Thereafter, for those wishing and able to make the walk across the muir on the battlefield itself, the ACHS will conduct a third commemorative event at the Gathering Stone at which a number of
representatives will lay wreaths from various clans and societies etc. This event will also include the reading of an appropriate poem in Gaelic by our own President, Brigadier John Macfarlane,
as well as a further lament by the piper. Please remember to wear suitable footwear for the walk up onto the muir where the going, depending on the weather, may be wet and muddy or icy.
All in all this should be a very enjoyable and interesting event. Thereafter we will walk back to the roadside area where the shuttle bus will take us back in groups to the Sheriffmuir Inn
for afternoon tea and/or to be reunited with our cars, as appropriate. For those partaking of afternoon tea this has been booked for you and the cost will be £6 per person, for which I understand we will (each!) be offered tea, a
scone and a piece of cake! Please bring exact money for the numbers in your group as I will collect £6 per head from each of you in order to pass the correct amount
of money to the ACHS who will then settle the bill on behalf of all three groups. Providing change in return for £10 or £20 notes may not be possible.
I am very keen that we capture this event in photographs so that we can then post them on our website and possibly also in a future 1745 Association Email Newsletter.
Whilst I will take some photos myself, it would therefore be appreciated if some of those present might also bring a camera and subsequently email any good
digital images to me for these purposes.
Finally, I note the following message from the ACHS email to their members which may be of interest:
“Nicholas Maclean-Bristol will be attending the Commemoration and there is a chapter on the Maclean involvement in the battle, along with the lead up to the
battle and its aftermath, in his book ‘Castor and Pollux’. If people have not got a copy, and contact him Nicholas Maclean-Bristol,
he will bring copies on 13th November. The cost of the book [a big reduction] is £15.
Nicholas also has copies of his ‘Inhabitants of the Inner Isles, Morvern and Ardnamurchan, 1716’, published by the Scottish Record Society, which lists all the people
living on Mull and the area, by name, and whether or not they were involved in the 1715 Rising. These are available at £10 each [again a good reduction].”
I hope that all of the above information is clear. However, if anyone has any particular queries or issues then please don’t hesitate to email me back.
Meantime, thank you very much for your willingness to attend this event I very much look forward to seeing you all on the day. Many thanks.
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Upcoming events such as Culloden Commemoration, plaque laying, etc.
Culloden Commemoration 16 April
Culloden Commemorataion, St George's Gardens, Kings Cross London 23rd April 12.00 noon
At noon on 23rd April, 2016 a brief ceremony of commemoration was held at the site of the 1745 Association plaque in St George's Gardens, Kings Cross, London. Those who died at Culloden as well as those executed on Kennington Common were honoured and a floral tribute was placed at the site.
Seventeen people attended and as well as those from the 1745 Association there were representatives from The Stewart Society, The Royal Stuart Society, The Friends of St George's Gardens, and St Pancras Old Church.
An introductory few words were made by Mr Brian Whiting who informed us that as Dr Chrstopher Duffy, Chairman of the 1745 Association was a little unwell he was unable to attend the event which was disappointing to us all. We wish Christopher a speedy recovery.
Mr Roddy Livingstone, of the Scottish Piping Society of London, piped for us and played "Lord Lovat's Lament" as an opening piece after after which Mr Steve Lord spoke of the sacrifice of those on both sides of the conflict of 1745-46 but with special reference to the seventeen men executed on Kennington Common in 1746, sixteen of whom are buried in unmarked graves in the gardens. The seventeenth man was Francis Towneley, the Colonel of The Manchester Regiment, who is buried in the graveyard of St Pancras Old Church, Kings Cross, London. Mrs Morag Grant of North Canterbury, New Zealand, who was ably assisted by her twin daughters, Bella and Lexie, laid the 1745 Association's floral tribute at the side of the plaque.
The ceremony was brought to close by Roddy Livingstone with a rendition of "The Lament for the Children" after which many of us repaired to the Foundling Museum for a welcome and warming lunch. After lunch we persuaded the staff at the museum to allow us into the exhibition area to see William Hogarth's painting "The March of the Guards to Finchley" which depicts a troop of redcoats marching away from London to meet an expected Jacobite army on its way from Derby. In the foreground of the painting are depicted more Hanoverian soldiers who are definitely off duty!
Mr Lester Hillman of St Pancras Old Church conducted us up to the church and indicated to us where he thought it possible that Towneley is buried as well as giving us an interesting tour of the churchyard and some of the well-known people laid to rest there.
On Monday, 7th June 1751 Henry Towneley, Francis' brother visited. Henry sketched the scene from near the site of the Pleasure Gardens and the banks of the river Fleet. The coloured drawing is annotated thus,
“This sketch of St Pancras Church done by me on return to England upon seeing my poor Brother's
Grave who was disgracefully murdered for taking arm in support of the Exiled Prince at Culloden.
Henry Towneley 7 June 1751.”
In the same hand an additional note records,
“On returning across Fields to Holborn was stopped by Footpads but escaped by wounding one when the other ran off”
Prominently shown at the churchyard wall is a gravestone “Here lies the (mangled?) remains of Francis Towneley”.
Underneath the Towneley sketch it seems another hand has noted that the head of Francis Towneley was displayed at Temple Bar, at that time located in the Strand. Temple Bar was later taken down and can be seen today at Paternotster Square near St Paul’s Cathedral.
Saturday, 23rd April, 2016 saw CTGA supporting and helping showcase museums, gardens and Camden stakeholders. It was an occasion to remember 17 post Culloden victims from 1746, 16 of whom lie in St George’s Gardens Bloomsbury. Ironically they are just a few feet from the
Foundling Museum which is home to ‘The March of the Guards to Finchley’. This lively work by William Hogarth pictures a vista northwards from today’s Tottenham Court Road. Dating from 1749-50, it offers a glimpse of Georgian London at the time of the Jacobite rising.
Members of the 1745 Association, friends and representatives gathered in St George’s Gardens at noon on St George’s Day 2016. An especially warm welcome was extended with local volunteers on hand for festive patronal commemorations. Last year saw a plaque unveiled, 25th April 2015. Culloden commemorations for the 270th anniversary took place at the battlefield on Saturday, 16th April 2016. Some of those gathered in Bloomsbury
were present as were representatives from New Zealand, Australia and the United States. A piper played two laments and following a few words of introduction flowers were laid. Refreshments were taken in the Foundling Museum who kindly facilitated a viewing of the Hogarth painting.
In the afternoon a walk traced Hogarth’s vision, shadowing the outset of the march. At St Pancras Gardens Camden Guide Lester Hillman, who has written a guide to the Churchyard, explored how Colonel Francis Towneley of the Manchester Regiment, one of the 17 victims honoured at St George’s Gardens, found his resting place in the Churchyard. Perhaps for the first time since 7th June 1751, when Francis brother Henry Towneley paid a visit, there was a chance to recreate a forgotten Jacobite perspective.
James VI of Scotland
St Pancras Old Church offers further Scottish associations. Most visitors might miss the plaque to Daniel Clarke and his wife but for decades Daniel was cook to Queen Elizabeth I and then to James I (James VI of Scotland). Daniel Clarke died in 1613 at which time he may well have had links to the inns located at the top of Tottenham Court Road, later to be found pictured in Hogarth’s painting.
The 1745 Association commemoration in Camden has become a yearly event, a return is scheduled for 2017, and a warm welcome will again be extended.
Lester Hillman, 24th April 2016
On 26th May, 2016, 1745 Association member, Steve Lord, visited the Queen's Chapel of
the Savoy which is in Savoy St, just off The Strand in London. This is the last resting place of Dr Archibald Cameron who was the brother of Donald, "The Gentle Lochiel", an important Highland chief and supporter of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
Dr Archie accompanied the Jacobite army from Glenfinnan to Derby and back to the final battle at Culloden. Dr Archie took a musket ball in the chest at Falkirk but went on to Culloden and took care of his brother Donald when he was wounded in both ankles.
After Culloden Dr Archie along with many others was on the run from the Redcoat soldiers but still able to be involved in the receiving and hiding
of the French gold coin which is often known as "The Treasure of Loch Arkaig".
The final hiding place of Prince Charles, Lochiel, Dr Archie and others was that remote spot in Ben Alder known as "Cluny's Cage". From there the fugitives made their way to Loch nan Uamh from where they were picked up by the French frigate L'Heureux".
won't find anywhere
part of the
January 16 2016
From 1:30-4pm there will be a guided tour in the area of the Battle of Falkirk the day before its 270th anniversary. More details to come.
September 3-6, 2015
The success of the 1745 Association's
Annual Gathering is attributed to
John Macfarlane and
Glen MacDonald. We visited;
Barcaldine, Glen Creran,
Glen Ure, Appin, Duror,
Inverary. Complete details on the