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TITLE
Plaque on Roderick MacKenzie Cairn
EXTERNAL ID
HC_PLANNING_03_061_0470
PLACENAME
Invermoriston
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston
PERIOD
1970s
CREATOR
T. Kenneth MacKenzie
SOURCE
The Highland Council Planning Department
ASSET ID
14743
KEYWORDS
cairns
memorials
jacobites
soldiers
executions
1745 rising
Bonnie Prince Charlie
Plaque on Roderick MacKenzie Cairn

Roderick Mackenzie fought as an officer in Prince Charles Edward Stewart's army during the '45. He bore a striking resemblance to the Prince and became one of his bodyguards and a decoy. After the failure at Culloden, Mackenzie went on the run with the Prince. They were cornered by Government troops in Glen Moriston but Mackenzie managed to draw the troops away. As he was shot it is claimed he called out 'you have killed your Prince'. His head was taken to Inverness where the mistake was discovered. His grave is marked and a cairn was erected nearby which reads:
'At this spot in 1746 did Roderick Mackenzie, an officer in the army of Prince Charles, of the same size and similar appearance to his Royal Prince. When surrounded and overpowered by the troops of the Duke of Cumberland, gallantly died in attempting to save his fugitive leader from further pursuit.'

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Plaque on Roderick MacKenzie Cairn

INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

1970s

cairns; memorials; jacobites; soldiers; executions; 1745 rising; Bonnie Prince Charlie

The Highland Council Planning Department

The Highland Council Planning Dept

Roderick Mackenzie fought as an officer in Prince Charles Edward Stewart's army during the '45. He bore a striking resemblance to the Prince and became one of his bodyguards and a decoy. After the failure at Culloden, Mackenzie went on the run with the Prince. They were cornered by Government troops in Glen Moriston but Mackenzie managed to draw the troops away. As he was shot it is claimed he called out 'you have killed your Prince'. His head was taken to Inverness where the mistake was discovered. His grave is marked and a cairn was erected nearby which reads:<br /> 'At this spot in 1746 did Roderick Mackenzie, an officer in the army of Prince Charles, of the same size and similar appearance to his Royal Prince. When surrounded and overpowered by the troops of the Duke of Cumberland, gallantly died in attempting to save his fugitive leader from further pursuit.'