Last summer I went on a solo trip to Scotland and fell in love with the country. I stopped blogging about it because I found it difficult to express what it all meant to me. And then I saw Brave and realized I had so much more to share.
For those who don't know, the Battle of Culloden marked the breakdown of the Highland culture. Because of the Highlander rebellion against the English, a 'pacification' of the rebellious Highlanders (Jacobites) began and a 'no quarter given' law was instated. After Culloden, kilts, bagpipes, Gaelic, and anything associated with the Highlander way was banned and the majority of the Highland men were killed.
I stayed on Culloden Moor in a bed and breakfast that was a stone's throw from the battlefield. During the day I would walk from my room and roam around the historic site, taking photos and engrossing myself in the poignancy of it all.
After the battle, local Inverness residents came to bury the dead Highlanders in mass graves.
They were buried based upon clan, as indicated by the clan badges they wore.
This is my favorite photo from my time at Culloden. I can imagine the Highlanders in their kilts and colorful tartan, running through the thicket armed and ready to defeat the English.
Their memory lives on.
I'd love to know if you have Scottish blood.
If you do, what's your clan?
For more information about Culloden or the Highland Clans, visit the Culloden Visitor's Center Website.