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.
Below we post a selection of
The Appin Regiment
Book of the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment 1745-46
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