Twenty-eight members attended the 2013 Annual
gathering which was centered in Coupar Angus
at the Red House Hotel.
Red House Hotel
in the small town of Coupar
Angus, was the venue of this year’s Annual
Gathering. The Hotel provided members with first
class accommodation and good old fashioned Scottish
hospitality. The meals were sumptuous and the
quality and presentation satisfied all. The 1745
Association conveys thanks to the management and
staff for making our short sojourn a memorable one.
While the attendance was lower than that of Derby
(28 as opposed to 50) those members who did attend,
surely enjoyed the advantage of being able to access
houses and artefacts denied to the general public,
as well as renewing acquaintance with friends. This
year’s Gathering was organised by 1745 Association
veteran and former Chairman and Editor F. Peter
Lole. Peter constructed a first class and varied
itinerary and our thanks go to him.
(Friday 6 September)
We were introduced to our
coach driver Bill, whose task was to negotiate
narrow roads and transport us safely to the various
sites of Jacobite interest. He accomplished this in
a calm and efficient manner, for which we give him
A visit to Montrose Museum
began the day
and while, perhaps, not the most stimulating of
visits, there were several items of interest.
Perhaps a guided tour would have had some advantage.
We then drove to
Ferryden to view
and its approaches. Our esteemed historian Dr.
Christopher Duffy outlined the events here during
the ’45. Montrose was the only harbour on the east
coast that the Jacobites could use safely, as it
offered shelter from easterly winds. At that time,
the harbour was deep, enabling ships to berth
alongside the dock at low tide but was nonetheless a
difficult place to navigate. The blockading ships of
the Hanoverian Navy, were often blown off course
which enabled French vessels to land valuable
commodities of gold and military hardware. This was
achieved between the 9th and 19th of October 1745.
Rear Admiral Byng, commanding the Hanoverian Navy,
was determined this should stop and as a consequence
on November 8th gave instructions to Captain Hill to
take his sloop The Hazard into Montrose harbour.
Hill managed to inflict some damage and he even
implemented a puppet administration in the town.
Unfortunately, owing to the easterly wind he was
unable to extricate himself from the harbour and the
local commanders of Jacobite forces, the “notorious
and infamous rebel”
Captain David Ferrier and
Captain John Erskine of Dun House arrived from
Brechin and exchanged shots with The Hazard. It was
at this time the French frigate
La Renommée, a
survivor of a larger group of ships, arrived and ran
herself aground on the south bank of the shipping
channel. This allowed her to land artillery and 150
men of the Royal Ecossais and as result of a “good
pounding” from both sides of the channel, Captain
Hill was compelled to surrender
The Hazard on
November 25th. Eventually, The Hazard was given
rudimentary repairs and became His Most Catholic
Majesty’s Ship, Le Prince Charles.
notable differences in Montrose Harbour today; the
silt that has accumulated requires frequent dredging
and what was once Rossie Island is now gone and an
oil terminal, sits on the site. It is, however,
possible if one uses one’s imagination to envisage
the scene in 1745.
The afternoon began, following
lunch at the Dun Café, with a tour of
The House of
former ancestral home of the Erskine Family,
from 1375 to 1980. The
present house was designed
and built by William Adam for David Erskine in the
18th century. Erskine was then a judge of the Scottish
Court of Sessions. The house and gardens cover 368
hectares and indeed, was a hotel from the 1980s
until taken over by The National Trust for Scotland.
From a Jacobite perspective, the saloon has stucco
work by Joseph Enzer, with distinct Jacobite imagery
being described by Whig historian Linda Colley as “a
splendid, almost shocking mixture of chaste
classicism and gloating violence.”
of the house is typical of Adam design, everything
had to be symmetrical, even to the extent of
creating false windows and doors, inside as well as
out, to maintain the correct balance.
(Saturday 7 September)
We were greeted in the
gardens of Balnamoon (Bonniemoon to the
local populace) by the 15th
Carnegy-Arbuthnott, on the morning of our second
day. The Laird made us welcome with his relaxed and
easy manner and we listened as he gave us a brief
history of the house and the estate.
Laird succeeded his Father, David, who died in 2008.
Balnamoon has been the home of the
Carnegy-Arbuthnotts since approximately 1620. The
family lived in relative peaceful tranquillity until
the 18th century, without any financial injection either
through marriage or business ventures.
Alexander, the 5th Laird, joined the 1715 Rising and
as a consequence the estate was forfeit. Bought back
in 1728. Alexander’s son, James, as a result of his
marriage to Margaret Arbuthnott of Findowie, became
the first Carnegy-Arbuthnott. James gave his support
to the Jacobites of the 1745 Rising. His escape from
Culloden, betrayal, arrest and eventual acquittal
(due to mistaken identity) are given a fictionalised
account in a recent publication,
Rebel Laird, penned by the late John Angus.
of the current house was built between 1812 and
1820, having been designed by an architect from
Montrose and completed by William Burn. The strong
Italian influence is obvious, particularly, the
front portico, based on the Arch of Titus in Rome.
The house is now a
Category B listed building.
was a major upheaval, within the family, following
the death in 1921, of James Carnegy-Arbuthnott, who
had accumulated vast gambling debts. His middle
daughter, Enid, inherited these debts, as well as
the estate. There was also a court case, as a result
of a challenge to the will, so these combined
misfortunes caused serious financial problems. Enid
astutely reverted to her maiden name and managed to
retrieve the situation with various sales as well as
letting out the house between the two world wars.
Enid returned to the house at the end of WWII but
discovered that the building had deteriorated
significantly. Dry rot was so extensive that major
renovation work was required and even demolition was
considered. However, common sense prevailed and the
decision was taken to renovate 2/3 of the house and
demolish the remainder. This work was completed in
On completion of the
tour and having
previously been introduced to the Laird’s wife, an
ethereal lady with a charming smile, we sat down to
tea and biscuits in the drawing room of Balnamoon
and conversed with the Carnegy-Arbuthnotts in
complete ease. It was a wonderful experience.
Following luncheon at
The Glen Clova Hotel our next
destination, Cortachy Castle, is
the home of the
David George Coke Patrick Ogilvy 13th
Earl of Airlie, greeted us at the entrance. Lord
Airlie was born in London, educated at Eton and
served with the Scots Guards in World War II. Among
his many positions, he was Lord Chamberlain to Queen
Elizabeth, the Queen Mother until 1997.
also served as Lord Lieutenant of Scotland. He
married an American lady,
Virginia Fortune Ryan in
1952. The Countess of Airlie is currently a Lady of
the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II.
building is a castellated mansion and dates from the
15th century. The Ogilvy family obtained it in 1473 and
“modernised” it in the 17th and 19th centuries. A
section of the castle was damaged by fire in 1883
and re-built over the following two years.
Castle is a Category B listed building. It is also
reputed to be
haunted by a drummer boy!
The young Lord Ogilvy, fought at Sheriffmuir, after
he joined the 1715 Rising. He later fled to France,
following the collapse of this venture. Charged with
high treason, he was eventually pardoned on account
of his age (17 years) but, he was not allowed to
inherit the Earldom. The 1745 Rising saw David, Lord
Ogilvy join the army of Charles Edward Stuart. He
was also a young man being only 20 years of age. He
600 men from Angus to Edinburgh in October
1745. This later increased to 800 and the regiment
fought at Culloden. Following the defeat they
dispersed back to Glen Clova.
Lord Ogilvy, eventually, reached France via
Scandinavia. Whilst in exile he formed
Le Regiment Ogilvy. After
20 years in exile, he was pardoned and returned to
Lord and Lady Airlie gave us a
splendid tour of their home, showing various
artefacts of interest, including a dress worn by
Lady Ogilvy at the Prince’s Ball at Holyrood in
1745, as well as a waistcoat, reputedly worn by the
Later, members were regaled with
some amusing anecdotes, both historical and current,
by Lord Airlie in relation to his family. He was
perhaps a little reticent at the beginning of our
visit, but appeared to warm to the occasion as our
tour progressed and we stayed a lot longer than
originally anticipated. A scroll, depicting a
heraldic device known as, “The 16 Quarterings,” was
presented to his Lordship on behalf of The 1745
Association, by our chairman, The very Reverend
Emsley Nimmo at the conclusion of our visit.
returned to the hotel and dressed for our Annual
Dinner. We were piped into the dining room by
Gentleman Piper of The 1745 Association, Archie
Our guest of honour was
MacPherson of Cluny and while, unfortunately, not in
the best of health, made it known he had enjoyed the
evening. The principal speaker was a young academic, Dr. Kieran German, who gave a lecture of some
quality, if a little nervously, hardly surprising in
front of an audience of knowledgeable listeners. The
theme of the lecture was the Jacobite movement in
the north-east lowlands of Scotland, being a
contrast from the highland perspective and making an
interesting comparison. Archie McIntyre entertained
with us with some wonderful pipe music, including,
“My King Has Landed in Moidart.” The
evening was completed with a sing-a-long of Jacobite
songs at the request of the membership, following a
most successful introduction at Derby last year. We
used for the first time the recently published
booklet, referred to in the “Notice Section” of the Jacobite.
Members dispersed the following day, with harmonious
memories of a successful Gathering.