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The Battle of Culloden
Characteristic Bravery of the Highlanders

From the characteristic bravery of the Highlanders, and their contempt of death, it is not improbable that some of those who perished, as well on the field after the battle as in the flight, did not yield their lives without a desperate struggle; but history has preserved one case of individual prowess in the person of Golice Macbane, which deserves to be recorded in every history relating to the Highlanders. This man, who is represented to have been of the gigantic stature of six feet four inches and a quarter, was beset by a party of dragoons. When assailed, he placed his back against a wall, and though covered with wounds, he defended himself with his target and claymore against the onset of the dragoons, who crowded upon him. Some officers, who observed the unequal conflict, were so struck with the desperate bravery of Macbane, that they gave orders to save him; but the dragoons, exasperated by his resistance, and the dreadful havoc he had made among their companions, thirteen of whom lay dead at his feet, would not desist till they had succeeded in cutting him down.

According to the official accounts published by the government, the royal army had only 50 men killed, and 259 wounded, including 18 officers, of whom 4 were killed. Lord Robert Kerr, second son of the Marquis of Lothian, and a captain of grenadiers in Barrel's regiment, was the only person of distinction killed; he fell covered with wounds, at the head of his company, when the Highlanders attacked Barrel's regiment. The loss on the side of the Highlanders was never ascertained with any degree of precision. The number of the slain is stated, in some publications of the period, to have amounted to upwards of 2,000 men, but these accounts are exaggerated. The loss could not, however, be much short of 1,200 men. The Athole brigade alone lost more than the half of its officers and men, and some of the centre battalions came off with scarcely a third of their men. The Mackintoshes, who were the first to attack, suffered most. With the exception of three only, all the officers of this brave regiment, including Macgillivray of Drumnaglass, its colonel, the lieutenant-colonel, and major, were killed in the attack. All the other centre regiments also lost several officers. Maclauchlan, colonel of the united regiment of Maclauchlan and Maclean, was killed by a cannon ball in the beginning of the action, and Maclean of Drimmin, who, as lieutenant-colonel, succeeded to the command, met a similar fate from a random shot. He had three sons in the regiment, one of whom fell in the attack, and, when leading off the shattered remains of his forces, he missed the other two, and, in returning to look after them, received the fatal bullet.

Charles Fraser, younger of Inverallachie, the lieutenant-colonel of the Fraser regiment, and who, in the absence of the Master of Lovat, commanded it on this occasion, was also killed. When riding over the field after the battle, the Duke of Cumberland observed this brave youth lying wounded. Raising himself upon his elbow, he looked at the duke, who, offended at him, thus addressed one of his officers: "Wolfe, shoot me that Highland scoundrel who thus dares to look on us with so insolent a stare." Wolfe, horrified at the inhuman order, replied that his commission was at his royals highness's disposal, but that he would never consent to become an executioner. Other officers refusing to commit this act of butchery, a private soldier, at the command of the duke, shot the hapless youth before his eyes. The Appin regiment had 17 officers and gentlemen slain, and 10 wounded; and the Athole brigade, which lost fully half its men, had 19 officers killed, and 4 wounded. The fate of the heroic Keppoch has been already mentioned. Among the wounded, the principal was Lochiel, who was shot in both ancles with some grape-shot, at the head of his regiment, after discharging his pistol, and while in the act of drawing his sword. On falling, his two brothers, between whom he was advancing, raised him up, and carried him off the field in their arms. To add to his misfortunes, Charles also lost a considerable number of gentlemen, his most devoted adherents, who had charged on foot in the first rank.

The Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment Culloden Mattlefield Marker

Imagine for a moment please, if I and my relations, went to the cemetery where your ancestors are buried, then offered money to the cemetery to have our surname placed on their memorials, and then after intense objections from yourself and your family, they carved my surname on your ancestors marker anyway and then cashed the check. That is exactly what happened in 2006 at the Culloden Battlefield.

We are very disappointed not to receive a reply to my previous mail to the Culloden Battlefield, concerning the offensive desecration of the Appin McLaurins and other clansmen in the Appin Regiment who were killed at Culloden. The matter I am referring to is the placing of the name "MacLaren" on the Appin Regiment battlefield marker eleven years ago. The campaign called by the Clan MacLaren Society "The 2nd Battle of Culloden" conducted by Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and his courtesans in 2006, against the NTS and the Stewarts, the very people they attacked whose marker they wanted to stamp their name on. It was an act of contempt to the thirteen Appin McLaurins who actually fought and died in the "Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment" and to this day disecrates the ground where they died.

There is no historical evidence whatsoever for there being Balquhidder MacLarens in the "Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment". It is a myth perpetuated by those who only know the tourist history of Scotland and wish to preserve the myth for self-serving reasons, even to the point of writing a check and loaning a fake "Donald of Invernenty" sword to the Battlefield. I have undisputable evidence that the sword never belonged to Donald MacLaren from Invernenty from the previous owner Dr. Janet McLaren fro P.E.I. who gave the sword to Donald Maclaren of Maclaren as a gift in 1973 and also from Donald Invernenty's descendants here in America.

The Lyon Court recognizes the Appin and Ardchattan McLaurins as a different race from the Perthshire MacLarens, recent DNA data confirms this ruling from 1957 by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney.

I and other Appin McLaurins have been deeply offended by this action conducted by the modern Clan MacLaren Societies and their chief, a clan that only came into existance in 1957, two hundred years after Culloden. So why did they have anything to say on what was on the marker anyway, besides offering cash in exchange for history?

We are capable of sending .pdf files of both contemporaneous records and recently published articles by respected historians, concerning who actually was in the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment. The often cited "Order Book of the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment" has no mention of Donald MacLaren, I have a .pdf copy from your National War Museum if you would like to see for yourself, all of those previous historian/authors simply copied one another and where negligent to not look for themselves.

In 1746, Donald MacLaren from Invernenty did play a heroic role in the "Atholl Brigade" with a handful of other Balquhidder MacLarens at the request of the Duke of Atholl himself, I can send you copies of the period letters found in the available online "Atholl Chronicles" provng this true history, a history much more fascinating than a Donald MacLaren from Invernenty leading a fictional "Discrete Contingent" of MacLarens in the Appin Regiment.

Here is some of their publication depicting their side of the story. Please read "A Note from Hamish" in its entirety to gain insight into the arrogance and disrespect for the NTS and the Appin Regiment.

Hilton McLaurin

Below we post a selection of pdf reports

The Appin Regiment

Order Book of the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment 1745-46

Order 21 onwards

Other Orders

More Orders

And More Orders

Appin's List

Donalds true heroism (that is very well documented in contemporaneous letters in the Atholl Archive) in recruiting the men of Balquhidder, Strathearn and Glen Almond, under the nose of the British garrisons stationed there, for the Prince's cause in late January, early February 1746 at the request of the returned from exile Duke of Atholl, before Donald and his men joined his brother Duncan also from Invernenty in the Atholl Brigade. Donald was captured in July 1746 with other Atholl Brigade officers in the Braes of Leny. I doubt they let him keep his sword if he had one.

Donalds accomplice in this clandestine activity was his friend Grigor Murray of Coinechean, who was executed by the British shortly after, a fate that Donald escaped.


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