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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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.
'The Jacobites in Cumbria in late 1745'
Talk by Frank Morgan-Grant
In this presentation, Frank Morgan-Grant, Editor and major contributor to 'Jacobite Folly and Dilemma' (2020), tells the story of the Jacobites during their time in Cumberland and Westmorland in late 1745. In his talk, Frank shows how conventional historical accounts are based on almost exclusively on anti-Jacobite Hanoverian propaganda, and draws on contemporaneous accounts of their conduct to offer a more balanced appraisal of the conduct of the Jacobite Army during its retreat through Cumbria.
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”
'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.
'Flags of the '45'
Talk by Robert Dennis
4th June 2021 marks the 275th anniversary of the ceremonial burning of the Jacobite Standards captured at Culloden at Edinburgh's Market Cross .
This talk is given by Robert Dennis, the leading authority on the Jacobite standards, who has undertaken a personal mission to recreate each of the Standards of the '45. In his talk, Robert describes them and tells the story of the regiments to which each belonged. The recreated standards are on regular display at Bannockburn House. Further information is available on Robert's website at https://www.flagsofthe45.scot/
The Fate of 'Le Prince Charles'
Talk by Stephen Lord
In this video, Steve Lord, author of 'Walking with Charlie', tells the story of the fate of 'Le Prince Charles'. In early 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite Army was in desperate need of money, arms and munitions. 'Le Prince Charles', previously called 'HMS Hazard', had been captured earlier in the campaign, refitted and renamed in France, and then filled with gold and other supplies for the Jacobites by their French allies. It then set sail across the North Sea bound for a Highland port. But it was intercepted by the Royal Navy and never reached its destination.
'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.
Annual NTS / 1745 Association Annual Culloden Lecture - 275th Anniversary
Marking the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden today, watch and listen to Andrew Grant McKenzie’s keynote lecture last night, where he sums up recent developments regarding the battlefield site and sets out his hopes for the future
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 Prince’s Cairn'
Talk by Paul MacDonald
Paul Macdonald tells the story behind the first cairn erected by The 1745 Association at Loch nan Uamh in 1956, marking the place where Prince Charles Edward Stuart sailed from Scotland on September 20th 1746. Paul describes the role the Loch played earlier in the Rising of 1745 from the time the Prince landed there in July 1745, and how the Prince's rescue 14 months' later was affected.
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.