Inverness, Nairn & Badenoch & Strathspey Schools' Cultural Co-ordinators
Culloden Battlefield, by Rosebank Primary
Pupils from Rosebank Primary visited Culloden Battlefield with Heritage Officer Andrew Ferguson and artist John McNaught.
The battle of Culloden was fought on the 16th April 1746 between the Jacobite army led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and the British army, also known as the redcoat army, led by the Duke of Cumberland. 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' had arrived in Scotland in July 1745 in an attempt to start a rising against George II, and replace him on the throne with his own father, James VIII. By the time the Jacobites reached Culloden they were tired and hungry and they knew they would be at a disadvantage if they fought at Culloden. The clan chiefs and other leaders begged Prince Charles to choose another site for the battle. Charles would not listen. The result was defeat by the much larger, better fed and better rested British army led by Cumberland.
The pupils chose to focus on the Well of the Dead at Culloden. As part of their visit the pupils charged through the bracken to see how difficult it must have been for the Jacobite army. The pupils are shown charging out of the Well of the Dead. Around the edge of the well they have placed some of the stones commemorating the dead clans.