To commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Sheriffmuir, Shaun and I visited the battle site, on a particularly cold and wet afternoon, 300 years ago to the day after the event. We happened to arrive just as members of the Macrae Clan were holding their own commemoration.
The two men seen in the above short video were discussing the battle, in gaelic.
A piper played a lament to the fallen Macrae clan members.
The battle of Sheriffmuir was part of the Jacobite rising of 1715 (also known as the Fifteen). It was not decisive for either side, but the Jacobite forces were prevented from marching further south after previously having taken Perth. When the Old Pretender later landed on Scottish shores on 22 December 1715 he could not raise sufficient forces and quickly returned to France. The rising was part of a series of rebellions and attempted invasions between 1708 and 1745, culminating in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. France, and sometimes Spain, helped to bankroll many of these risings.
It wasn’t a good week for the Jacobites, as their supporters were beaten at the Battle of Preston. It may not be widely known today that there were numerous Jacobite supporters in England.