Culloden

"For all who fought, and all who died
And all who have cried over Culloden"

Culloden Memorial Cairn
Culloden Memorial Cairn

Photograph by Hugh DP McArthur

The Battle of Culloden was fought on 16th April 1746 between the Jacobite rebel forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Hanoverian Government troops on Drummossie Moor a few miles east of Inverness. It was to be the last battle ever fought on British soil. The Jacobite defeat at Culloden marked the end of a long series of rebellions and the end of a way of life that had endured in Scotland for thousands of years. It was not the defeat but the aftermath of the battle; the ethnic cleansing of the Highland people; the trials; the executions; the clearances; the burnings; the killings and the mass transportation to the New World, that left a blight on Scotland's character which has never truly healed.

Although the power of Clan Arthur was broken some time before Culloden, the bearers of the name had long become woven through the tapestry of Highland life over the preceding centuries. Many MacArthurs took refuge with neighbouring clans, especially the MacDonalds, some of who fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite cause. On their final day they stood together as brothers in arms against superior odds. The following information has been extracted from No Quarter Given ~ The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s Army, 1745 - 46.

APPIN (STEWARTS OF APPIN)
Other Ranks

MacArthur, John

Glenstockdale, Appin Estate

 

DUKE OF PERTH'S
Lieutenants

MacArthur, John
Callendar

Taken prisoner, discharged

FORFARSHIRE (OGILVAY'S)
Other Ranks

Arther, William
Tailor, Arbroath

At home

MacDONELL OF KEPPOCH’S
Other Ranks

MacArthur, Alexander
MacArthur, Donald
MacArthur, Donald
MacCarter, Angus
MacCarter, Archibald
MacCarter, John
Rannoch
Aberarder
Glenroy
Glardo
Cranachan
Rannoch
Surrendered May 1746
Surrendered May 1746
Surrendered May 1746
Surrendered May 1746
Surrendered May 1746
Surrendered May 1746

MacKINNON’S
Other Ranks

MacArthur Bàn, Donald
MacArthur, John

Robostan
Gambhoil, Scalpay

 

JOHN ROY STUART’S (EDINBURGH)
Other Ranks

MacArthur, John
MacCarter, John

Brewer, Inverness Died?

The list is incomplete and it is known that Charles MacArthur, Armourer to the Stewarts of Appin, was shot in battle and died. It is also known that Patrick McArthur of Glen Lyon was “out during the troubles” and there is a further story that John MacArthur, from somewhere near Strachur, and his six sons were in battle on the day. One unnamed son was reported killed. Of the four surviving brothers, one is thought to have been Alexander, father of John Merino Macarthur, born in 1767.

Highland Charge

Copyright Hugh McArthur 2005

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Christian W.H. Aikman & Betty Stuart Hart
No Quarter Given
The Muster Roll of
Prince Charles
Edward Stuart’s Army, 1745 - 46

ISBN 1-903238-02-1

Maggie Craig
Damn' Rebel Bitches - The Women of the '45
ISBN 1-84018-298-9

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