27 January 2023
The night march undertaken by Jacobite soldiers the night before the battle of Culloden in April 1746 is to be recreated to raise funds for protecting the historic battlefield.
The Culloden's Fighting Fund Night March Fundraiser runs from 12 to 31 January 2023, and aims to raise a total of £10,000.
Writing on the Culloden Fighting Fund fundraising page, the Culloden team explain the importance of this historic site, and why the battlefield should be protected:
Why must Culloden be protected?
Marking the spot of the last major battle on British soil, the wild moor at Culloden is the resting place of 1,500 Jacobite and 50 Government soldiers who fought and died here in 1746. Today, you can walk along the battle lines and see the graves of the soldiers beside the memorial cairn in the center of the battlefield
The battlefield is a powerfully emotive place and the National Trust for Scotland has cared for Culloden Moor since 1937. Next to the battlefield is the richly researched, stimulating and sensitive Culloden Visitor Centre, which features artefacts from both sides of the battle and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. It is both a monument and a guide to a pivotal day in history.
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But the field of battle and the views that surround it are increasingly under threat from development, and we must work harder each day to protect its sense of place. Action is needed now.
The team explain that over the past 10 years, Inverness has become one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, putting agricultural land in the Culloden area under increasing pressure from development. The integrity of the whole site is currently under threat from 'piecemeal decision-making, unclear guidance, and a lack of focused resource'. Without integrated planning, stronger support, and a holistic response to the problem, its likely that the cultural landscape surrounding the battlefield will be lost.
You can find out more about the project, and make a donation at the Culloden's Fighting Fund Just Giving page.