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Tour 9 – The Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie
'S e do chùis rinn mo lèireadh:
Thug thu bhuam gach nì bh'agam
Ann an cogadh nad adhbhar;
Cha chrodh is cha chaoraich
Tha mi caoidh ach mo chèile,
Ged a dh'fhàgte mi 'm aonar
Gun sìon san t-saoghal ach lèine:
Mo rùn geal òg.
WHY DID the Royal house of Stuart, which had for centuries persecuted the Gaelic Highland community, now turn to it in their power struggle with the usurping Hanoverian dynasty? This tour gets to the heart of the matter, providing a clear understanding of the roots of the conflicts and the motivation of the clans which rose in successive rebellion in 1689, 1715, 1719 and finally, 1745.
We will visit sites of spectacular victories, such as Prestonpans and Falkirk as well as the ultimate defeat and butchery on the field of Culloden. You will be able to place in context the exploits of Rob Roy MacGregor and visit the locations such as Inversnaid, Craigroyston and Balquhidder associated with his territory.
The story will be told from the perspective of the Highland Gael through the rich store of music, poetry and song that remains in the repertoire of the Gaelic singers to this day.
Click on the Listen button below to hear Achadh nan Comhaichean anonymously commemorating the Battle of Culloden 1746 and sung by Ellen Nic na Ceàrdaich as part of BBC Alba's Song for the Day.
O young Charles Stuart,
it's your cause that has grieved me,
you took everything from me
in this war in your interest;
it's not sheep, it's not cattle
that I miss, but my first-love,
though I were left all alone
with not a thing but a shift,
my fair young love.