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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

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2019 Chairmans Report

An audio File of the Chairman of the 1745 Association's report submitted at the 2019 AGM.

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Culloden

In "Culloden", the 19th century author Andrew Lang recalls a visit to the ancient battlefield. This adaptation of his poem is by Michael Nevin, Chairman of The 1745 Association.

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The ‘45 in 45 Minutes

Part 1: The "Glorious Revolution" of 1688

The truth of the matter is that the Coup of 1688 was neither glorious nor a revolution, but a squalid family squabble.

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The ‘45 in 45 Minutes

Part 2: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Rising of 1745

Had the Jacobites continued their advance from Derby on to London, their chances of success must be rated as at least 50:50.

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The ‘45 in 45 Minutes

Part 3: Queen Clementina's Cavinet

For all her wealth, Clementina is not a free woman. She is not free to choose her own husband. She is an asset to be traded on the market of international politics, sold to the most promising bidder in a dynastic marriage.

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Remembering Dunkeld

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.

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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.

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