Soundbites & Videos
Here you will find Audio Files and Links to YouTube Videos produced or of significant relevance to
The 1745 Association.
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2021 Chairmans Report
An audio File of the Chairman of the 1745 Association's report submitted at the 2021 AGM, held on 29th October 2021.
The Day of Culloden
“Great are the depths of my sorrow
As I mourn for the wounds of my land.”
So opens the last and greatest poem composed by John Roy Stuart, Colonel of the Edinburgh Regiment, as he reflected on the disaster of Culloden.
This year, 2020, the annual commemoration of the battle has been cancelled, following advice from both the Scottish and UK Governments to minimise all non-essential social contact to counter the spread of the corona virus.
In remembrance of the anniversary of Culloden on April 16th, we offer a translation of John Roy’s poem and a rendition of extracts from it in Gaelic and English. The poem, composed by an officer wounded at the battle who saw many of his men fall around him and the cause to which he dedicated his life destroyed in a single hour, serves as a reminder that there was a time very much worse than today, and that, no matter how dark the outlook may seem, life goes on and better times will come.
Lament for Lady Macintosh
During the early 1730s, John Roy Stuart composed one of his finest poems, a eulogy for Lady Christian MacIntosh.
The Lament for Lady MacIntosh or Cumha Do Bhaintighearna Mhic-An-Toisich serves as a timeless elegy to those who have died before their time. In the poem, John Roy evokes the forces of nature to capture the calamity of her passing, and concludes with an expression of his own profound grief.
This rendition of the Lament in Gaelic and English is given by Brigadier John MacFarlane, who served as Chairman of The 1745 Association between 2003 and 2009 and President of the Association between 2009 and 2019.
2020 Chairmans Report
An audio File of the Chairman of the 1745 Association's report submitted at the 2020 AGM, held on 5th September 2020.
2019 Chairmans Report
An audio File of the Chairman of the 1745 Association's report submitted at the 2019 AGM.
“From Clan to Crown"
Talk by Craig Durham
In this talk, Craig Durham tells the remarkable story of how the Clan Fraser regiment was transformed from a rebel force during the Rising of 1745 into an integral part of the British Army.
The Clan Chieftain, Lord Lovat, was executed for High Treason on Tower Hill in April 1747, the last man to be publicly beheaded in Great Britain. Yet just a decade later, the Fraser Highlanders served under General Wolfe, who had been an officer in the Government Army that had defeated them at Culloden, and indeed it is said that Wolfe died in the arms of a Fraser Highlander at Quebec.
A later Lord Lovat established the Lovat Scouts which played a vital role during the Boer War and First World War, while his successor Brigadier Lord Lovat (commemorated in the Sword Beach statue) landed in Normandy on D-Day, June 1944, to the sound of the pipes.
How and why did this remarkable transformation in the loyalties of the Clan Fraser, and their support for the British State, occur? Craig provides the answers in this fascinating presentation.
“John Roy Stuart"
Talk by Mike Nevin
This is a recording of a talk originally given at the Scottish Poetry Library on June 9th 2022 to tell the story behind the John Roy Stuart Cairn built by The 1745 Association in 1999. The talk, by Michael Nevin, Chair of The 1745 Association SCIO, assesses the life, poems and legacy of the Jacobite warrior-poet John Roy Stuart, Colonel of the Edinburgh Regiment during the '45. The presentation covers all 14 of John Roy's surviving poems, dividing his career into six chapters:
Chapter 1: The Education of a Bard, 1700-1730
Chapter 2: Poems of Love and Romance: 1730-1740
Chapter 3: John Roy Stuart during the Rising of 1745
Chapter 4: The Bard of Culloden, 1746
Chapter 5: Acceptance - the final stage of grief. Is 'Latha Chuilodair' the greatest Gaelic Poem ever composed?
Chapter 6: The Legacy.
“The Jacobite Trail of Brittany"
Talk by Thierry Guiheneuf
This fascinating presentation tells the story of the efforts being made to create a Jacobite Trail in Brittany. The presentation describes the key role played by Bretons, many of Irish extraction, in the Rising of 1745, and the story of three voyages launched from the province:
 The voyage of the 'Du Teillay' that carried Prince Charles from Nantes to Eriskay in July 1745, and of the major sea battle between Charles' ship 'The Elisabeth' and HMS 'Lion' during the crossing.
 The voyage of 'Le Mars' and 'La Bellone' to Loch nan Uahm in March / April 1746, which failed to rescue the Prince but did succeed in carrying a number of his supporters back to France.
 The voyage of 'L'heureux' and 'Le Prince de Conti' in September 1746, which did succeed in rescuing the Prince and other Jacobite leaders and carry them back safely to Roscoff, which they reached on October 10th 1746.”
''The '45 in 45 Minutes",
Ten talks on significant yet largely forgotten events of the Rising of 1745, gathered in one Playlist in chronological order of the events they commemorate
The ten talks have a total combined playing time of just under six hours, and are as follows:
September 1745: The Birth of the National Anthem [43 mins] by Paul O'Keeffe
December 1745: The Jacobites in Cumbria [32 mins] by Frank Morgan-Grant
January 1746: The Death of Young Glengarry [51 mins] by Glen MacDonald
February 1746: The Fate of 'Le Prince Charles - An Incident in the Kyle of Tongue [29 mins] by Steve Lord
April 1746: Conserving Culloden Battlefield [21 mins] In the 2021 National Trust for Scotland-1745 Association Annual Culloden Lecture by Andrew Grant McKenzie
Early June 1746: Jacobite Standards of the '45 [32 mins] by Robert Dennis
Late June 1746: Monkstadt House, Flora MacDonald and Charles Edward Stuart [56 mins] by Glen MacDonald
September 20th 1746: Lochaber No More: The Story of The Prince's Cairn at Loch nan Uamh [30 mins] by Paul Macdonald
July, August & November 1746: The Kennington Martyrs [38 mins] by Steven Robb
October 23rd 1746: When Madame de Pompadour met Bonnie Prince Charlie - A Tragedy in Three Acts [24 mins] by Michael Nevin
'The King Shall Enjoy His Own Again'
by Charlie Zahm
“The King shall enjoy his own again” is a Restoration song composed to celebrate the return of Charles II to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland after the death of Oliver Cromwell and the fall of his oppressive Puritan regime. The song's upbeat melody evokes the sense of fun and gaiety associated with the Merrie Monarch.
85 years later, on the day after the Battle of Prestonpans, it is recorded that a hundred pipers played the song in the streets of the Canongate to welcome Charles II's Great Nephew, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, to the Palace of Holyrood after his victory.
As they sang around the statue of Charles II on horseback that still stands today in Edinburgh's Parliament Square, the Jacobites believed it would not be long before the Bonnie Prince would emulate his uncle's success and achieve a second Stuart Restoration.
by Charlie Zahm
Charlie puts his trusty bodhrán drum to good use in his rendition of James Hogg’s ‘MacLean’s Welcome’. Originally published in the Ettrick Shepherd’s ‘Jacobite Relics’ in 1817, more than 70 years after the Rising, the song is a romanticised story of the rapturous welcome supposedly accorded the Bonnie Prince, and is described by one critic as “a voluptuous fabric of assonance and alliteration, hypnotic repetition and double rhyme”
21/08/2021 - St George's Commemoration
Every year, The 1745 Association remembers the sixteen Jacobite officers executed in 1746 for their part in the Rising of 1745 and buried in St George's Gardens, Bloomsbury.
In this video of the 2021 commemoration, Stephen Lord tells their story and gives the names of the men who lie in the Gardens - 9 officers of the Manchester Regiment, 6 Scottish officers, and John Hamilton, Jacobite Governor of Carlisle. His address is followed by a pibroch played in their honour, the Lament of Donald of Laggan, played by Roddy Livingstone.
'The Skye Boat Song'
by Charlie Zahm
'The Skye Boat Song' is one of the best-known songs recalling the Jacobite Rising of 1745, although its lyrics were composed more than a century after the events to which it relates.
The song tells the story of the escape of Prince Charles Edward Stuart from Benbecula to the Isle of Skye on June 28th 1746 under the guise of Betty Burke, maidservant to Flora MacDonald.
This rendition, sung to mark the 275th anniversary of the crossing by 1745 Association troubadour Charlie Zahm, captures the song's haunting emotional blend of sorrow at remembrance of Culloden, relief at the Prince’s salvation under Flora's protection, and hope for his safe return.
'John Roy's Psalm'
by Charlie Zahm
'John Roy's Psalm' is the only surviving song of the warrior-poet John Roy Stuart originally composed in English rather than his native Gaelic. This is perhaps because it is composed to the tune of the 23rd Psalm, which John Roy would have learnt in English.
Performed in this video by Association member Charlie Zahm.
'Preston Peggy's Song'
by Charlie Zahm
'Preston Peggy's Song' is one of the more cheerful melodies to emerge from the Rising of 1745, telling the story of how "Long Preston Peggy to Proud Preston went / To see the Scotch Rebels it was her intent."
Posted in conjunction with our Chairman Mike Nevin's recent article on the Manchester Regiment which was recently published in the Lancashire Post.
by Charlie Zahm
The latest 1745 Association “talk” took place on 4th March 2021 in the form of a concert given by our member Mr Charlie Zahm.
Charlie provided us with excellent entertainment with his rendition of several Jacobite songs. He accompanied himself with guitar and bodhran.
The songs available via the link are as follows:
The News From Moidart
Cam Ye O'er Fae France
Hey Johnnie Cope!
The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond
Lochaber No More
The video of a commemorative event organised by The 1745 Association to help raise awareness and understanding of a cathartic moment in Scottish and British history. In August 1689, a Jacobite Army supporting the restoration of King James VII and II met a Williamite Army at Dunkeld in the Scottish Highlands. In August 2019, The 1745 Association gathered at Dunkeld to remember the events of that fateful day.
The Story of Killiecrankie Battlefield and Transport Scotland's plan to destroy its heart
This is about the proposed road works that Transport Scotland are looking to dual the A9 through the Battlefield of Killicrankie. They are proposing to duel the south side of the existing road which will destroy the most important part of the Battlefield.
The aim is to get to get them to change their plans and dual the north side of the A9 which would have much less impact on the battlefield.