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The Story of Killiecrankie Battlefield and Transport Scotland's plan to destroy its heart
A very interesting and informative video in the link below.
This is about the proposed road works that Transport Scotland are looking to dual the A9 through the Battlfield 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.
Further information can be found at the following website: https://www.soldiersofkilliecrankie.co.uk/
Press Release by The 1745 Association
RELEASE DATE MONDAY JANUARY 13TH 2020
The 1745 Association Reiterates its Opposition to Dualling the A9 at Killiecrankie
As the Enquiry into the dualling of the A9 commences at Pitlochry today, the 1745 Association reiterates its concerns about the threat it poses to the Killiecrankie battlefield.
“We are respectfully asking the Reporter to consider all feasible options for the A9, not just those put forward by Transport for Scotland, in order to avoid irreparable and irreversible damage to one of Scotland’s most important battlefield sites,” said Association Chairman Michael Nevin. “As a professional economist, I seriously question whether a rigorous cost-benefit analysis would support the dualling of the A9 at Killiecrankie at all. Do we really want to encourage more cars, travelling ever-increasing speeds, on our our arterial roads? Surely the priority of an environmentally responsible transport policy should be to encourage greater use of rail and bus services, combined with regulating road traffic to travel at steady and sustainable speeds and so minimise the damaging effect that vehicle emissions are having on global warming.”
Mr Nevin suggests that the optimal strategy for the A9 would involve maintaining the existing single carriageway at the Pass of Killiecrankie, combined with selective dualling on stretches before and after enabling motorists to overtake slower moving vehicles safely.
“At Killiecrankie, a far more cost-effective option would involve maintaining the existing single carriageway, adding a lay-by and enhancing battlefield interpretation to encourage passing travellers by bus, coach and car to pause and reflect on an important moment in Scottish history,” said Mr Nevin.
The 1745 Association formally wrote to the Director of Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (MTRIPS) of Transport Scotland on January 20th 2018 setting out its objections to their proposals. “We reiterate our objections today as the Enquiry commences. TfL’s cosmetic changes to their original proposals do nothing to allay our concerns,” stated Mr Nevin. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with the Scottish Battlefields Trust, the local community group Soldiers of Killiecrankie, our friends in The Fifteen (the Northumbrian Jacobite Society) and many others who share our fundamental concerns about these proposals. I am confident that the Reporter will give full and detailed consideration to all options, and we wish him well in his important Enquiry.”
Proposed Constitution of the 1745 Association SCIO
Following a decision at the 2019 AGM to convert the Association from a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) into a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), the proposed new Constitution is available for reference here. Any comments regarding the content should be raised via the form on the Contact Us page.
Membership Subscriptions Reminder
We remind you that subscriptions to the 1745 Association are due on January 1 2020.
The rates for 2020 are £20.00 for single membership and £25.00 for two joint members residing at the same address. These subscription rates include a hard copy “Jacobite” journal posted by Royal Mail to the provided address three time a year. We also have an e-Jacobite rate (single membership: £5.00 or Joint membership £7.00) which is open to all. This will include three electronic copies of the “Jacobite” journal in pdf form emailed to the member at the email address provided.
Both new and existing members may pay their subscriptions by using PayPal through the “Join Us”.
We accept cheques drawn on a UK bank, payable to The 1745 Association and sent to:
The Treasurer, 1745 Association, 4 Mill St, Eynsham, WITNEY, OX29 4JS
We can also accept payments direct to the Association’s bank account. You should only need the Sort Code and account number but just in case, the bank is Bank of Scotland and the name on the account is The 1745 Association:
Sort Code - 80 07 17
Account number - 00754609
We encourage those of you who intend remaining members for some years and have a UK bank account to set up a Standing Order for payment thus ensuring you do not forget the due date. If you do this please remember to reference your payments clearly so the treasurer knows who it is from. The last three characters of your postcode is a suggestion.
Questions or comments regarding membership may be submitted through the “Contact Us” page.
"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......"
Access the Video HERE
Lament for Lady Macintosh
During the early 1730s, John Roy Stuart composed one of his finest poems, a eulogy for Lady Christian MacIntosh. Lady MacIntosh was the wife of William MacIntosh, Chief of the Clan MacIntosh, and her early death was a cause of immense sorrow. 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.
The Battle of Glen Shiel - 300 Years On!
You may be aware that our Chairman, Mike Nevin, gave a talk entitled "The Battle of Glen Shiel - 300 Years On!" at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Monday, June 10th, the 300th anniversary of the battle, drawing on Peter Tillemans' great painting of the battle to explain what happened there.
The talk was covered by the journalist Jody Harrison, who wrote a piece on the battle for the Herald on Sunday. The article published on June 16th can be read via https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17709329.the-forgotten-battle-of-scotland/
As this article was not written by the Association any inaccuracies are out of our control.
Association Library at Callendar House, Falkirk
If you wish to access the association library, in addition to phoning in advance, anyone wishing to use the library should e-mail email@example.com stating when they would like to use the library (date) and ideally which journals or books they would like to access, so that the archive staff can be prepared accordingly and have everything ready for them.
The ‘45 in 45 Minutes – 15 Myths and Misconceptions Challenged!
Michael's last SNPG talk, The ‘45 in 45 Minutes! 15 Myths and Misconceptions Challenged can be viewed on YouTube in three parts:
Part 1: The "Glorious Revolution" of 1688 (10 minutes 40 seconds)
“The truth of the matter is that the Coup of 1688 was neither glorious nor a revolution, but a squalid family squabble….."
Part 2: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Rising of 1745 (19 minutes)
“Had the Jacobites continued their advance from Derby on to London, their chances of success must be rated as at least 50:50.....”
Part 3: Queen Clementina's Cavinet (8 minutes 20 seconds)
“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…..”