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Newcastle Journal - Saturday April 12, 1746
Sherrifmuir Cairn

Sheriffmuir 300 Commemoration Event Friday 13 November, 2015
Arrange­ments are now all in place for the “tri-venue” com­mem­o­ra­tive event at Sher­iff­muir on Fri 13 November and I am email­ing you all now to let you have the rel­e­vant details in advance.
Firstly, although I am still await­ing con­fir­ma­tion of the final numbers in one group, I believe that there will be at least 20 peo­ple in our party com­pris­ing mostly 1745 Asso­ci­a­tion mem­bers plus one or two guests includ­ing, most notably, John and Eliz­a­beth Nichols from the Northum­brian ’15 Soci­ety. As far as I can work out I think that 15 of us are intend­ing to repair to the Sher­iff­muir Inn on com­ple­tion for after­noon tea, so that should all be very convivial.
As a reminder, there will also be approx­i­mately 60 oth­ers attend­ing from the var­i­ous affil­i­ated clans of the Asso­ci­a­tion of High­land Clans and Soci­eties (AHCS), as well as a sep­a­rate, dis­tinct group from the Clan MacRae. In all there­fore there should be about 80 of us which will be a good turnout. It is also of note that James Ersk­ine, the cur­rent Earl of Mar, will also be attend­ing as a guest of the ACHS.
Please remem­ber that there is no park­ing at the bat­tle site cairns, and every­one should meet and park their cars at the Sher­iff­muir Inn, FK15 0LN, before 13:30. (Indeed any vehi­cles parked at the very small layby next to the cairns will prove very awk­ward and incon­ve­nient as there will be lim­ited space for the num­bers present on foot). Toi­let facil­i­ties will be avail­able in the Inn for those who, as we say in the Royal Navy, may wish to take the “sea­man­like pre­cau­tion” of “eas­ing springs” in advance of bat­tle! The first shut­tle bus will leave from the Inn at around 13:20. Buses will shut­tle peo­ple the mile or so, down to the cairns ready to start the Com­mem­o­ra­tion at 14:00.
There is some talk amongst ACHS mem­bers of march­ing down the road from the Inn to the cairns, although at the time of email­ing I am not entirely sure if this will take place or not, and I dare­say will depend upon the weather. If this takes place I am sure that any of you who wished to join this march would be wel­come to do so, but may wish to arrive slightly ear­lier for this.
As pre­vi­ously men­tioned, the inten­tion will be to hold three com­mem­o­ra­tive events in suc­ces­sion com­menc­ing at the Clan MacRae cairn, fol­lowed by a sec­ond one at our 1745 Asso­ci­a­tion cairn only a few meters along the road. Bob Harley has very kindly agreed to write and con­duct a short ser­vice for our part of the pro­ceed­ings which will include a few appro­pri­ate words, prayers and the read­ing of a poem about the bat­tle, fol­lowed buy the lay­ing of a wreath from the 1745 Asso­ci­a­tion and the play­ing of a lament by a piper from the Clan MacRae. Bob will pro­vide a printed Order of Ser­vice on the day. (Don’t for­get your specs!)
For John Nichols — John, we are very pleased that you and Eliz­a­beth will be with us and would of course be delighted to include pro­vi­sion in the pro­ceed­ings for you to lay a wreath on behalf of the Northum­brian ’15 Soci­ety if you wish to. Alter­na­tively you may pre­fer to lay a wreath at the Gath­er­ing Stone. You can let us know in due course, or on the day.
There­after, for those wish­ing and able to make the walk across the muir on the bat­tle­field itself, the ACHS will con­duct a third com­mem­o­ra­tive event at the Gath­er­ing Stone at which a num­ber of rep­re­sen­ta­tives will lay wreaths from var­i­ous clans and soci­eties etc. This event will also include the read­ing of an appro­pri­ate poem in Gaelic by our own Pres­i­dent, Brigadier John Mac­far­lane, as well as a fur­ther lament by the piper. Please remem­ber to wear suit­able footwear for the walk up onto the muir where the going, depend­ing on the weather, may be wet and muddy or icy.
All in all this should be a very enjoy­able and inter­est­ing event. There­after we will walk back to the road­side area where the shut­tle bus will take us back in groups to the Sher­iff­muir Inn for after­noon tea and/or to be reunited with our cars, as appropriate. For those par­tak­ing of after­noon tea this has been booked for you and the cost will be £6 per per­son, for which I under­stand we will (each!) be offered tea, a scone and a piece of cake! Please bring exact money for the num­bers in your group as I will col­lect £6 per head from each of you in order to pass the cor­rect amount of money to the ACHS who will then set­tle the bill on behalf of all three groups. Pro­vid­ing change in return for £10 or £20 notes may not be possible.
I am very keen that we cap­ture this event in pho­tographs so that we can then post them on our web­site and pos­si­bly also in a future 1745 Asso­ci­a­tion Email Newslet­ter. Whilst I will take some pho­tos myself, it would there­fore be appre­ci­ated if some of those present might also bring a cam­era and sub­se­quently email any good dig­i­tal images to me for these purposes.
Finally, I note the fol­low­ing mes­sage from the ACHS email to their mem­bers which may be of inter­est:
“Nicholas Maclean-Bristol will be attend­ing the Com­mem­o­ra­tion and there is a chap­ter on the Maclean involve­ment in the bat­tle, along with the lead up to the bat­tle and its after­math, in his book ‘Cas­tor and Pol­lux’. If peo­ple have not got a copy, and con­tact him Nicholas Maclean-Bristol, he will bring copies on 13th Novem­ber. The cost of the book [a big reduc­tion] is £15.
Nicholas also has copies of his ‘Inhab­i­tants of the Inner Isles, Morvern and Ard­na­mur­chan, 1716’, pub­lished by the Scot­tish Record Soci­ety, which lists all the peo­ple liv­ing on Mull and the area, by name, and whether or not they were involved in the 1715 Ris­ing. These are avail­able at £10 each [again a good reduction].”
I hope that all of the above infor­ma­tion is clear. How­ever, if any­one has any par­tic­u­lar queries or issues then please don’t hes­i­tate to email me back. Mean­time, thank you very much for your will­ing­ness to attend this event I very much look for­ward to see­ing you all on the day. Many thanks.
Glen MacDonald

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Upcoming events such as Culloden Commemoration, plaque laying, etc.
  • Culloden Commemoration 16 April

  • Culloden Commemorataion, St George's Gardens, Kings Cross London 23rd April 12.00 noon

Plaque at St George's Gardens

At noon on 23rd April, 2016 a brief ceremony of commemoration was held at the site of the 1745 Association plaque in St George's Gardens, Kings Cross, London. Those who died at Culloden as well as those executed on Kennington Common were honoured and a floral tribute was placed at the site.

St George's Garden flowers

Seventeen people attended and as well as those from the 1745 Association there were representatives from The Stewart Society, The Royal Stuart Society, The Friends of St George's Gardens, and St Pancras Old Church.

St George's Garden Group

An introductory few words were made by Mr Brian Whiting who informed us that as Dr Chrstopher Duffy, Chairman of the 1745 Association was a little unwell he was unable to attend the event which was disappointing to us all. We wish Christopher a speedy recovery.
Mr Roddy Livingstone, of the Scottish Piping Society of London, piped for us and played "Lord Lovat's Lament" as an opening piece after after which Mr Steve Lord spoke of the sacrifice of those on both sides of the conflict of 1745-46 but with special reference to the seventeen men executed on Kennington Common in 1746, sixteen of whom are buried in unmarked graves in the gardens. The seventeenth man was Francis Towneley, the Colonel of The Manchester Regiment, who is buried in the graveyard of St Pancras Old Church, Kings Cross, London. Mrs Morag Grant of North Canterbury, New Zealand, who was ably assisted by her twin daughters, Bella and Lexie, laid the 1745 Association's floral tribute at the side of the plaque.
The ceremony was brought to close by Roddy Livingstone with a rendition of "The Lament for the Children" after which many of us repaired to the Foundling Museum for a welcome and warming lunch. After lunch we persuaded the staff at the museum to allow us into the exhibition area to see William Hogarth's painting "The March of the Guards to Finchley" which depicts a troop of redcoats marching away from London to meet an expected Jacobite army on its way from Derby. In the foreground of the painting are depicted more Hanoverian soldiers who are definitely off duty!
Mr Lester Hillman of St Pancras Old Church conducted us up to the church and indicated to us where he thought it possible that Towneley is buried as well as giving us an interesting tour of the churchyard and some of the well-known people laid to rest there.
Henry Towneley
On Monday, 7th June 1751 Henry Towneley, Francis' brother visited. Henry sketched the scene from near the site of the Pleasure Gardens and the banks of the river Fleet. The coloured drawing is annotated thus,
“This sketch of St Pancras Church done by me on return to England upon seeing my poor Brother's Grave who was disgracefully murdered for taking arm in support of the Exiled Prince at Culloden. Henry Towneley 7 June 1751.”
In the same hand an additional note records,

Henry Towneley, 7 June 1751

“On returning across Fields to Holborn was stopped by Footpads but escaped by wounding one when the other ran off”
Prominently shown at the churchyard wall is a gravestone “Here lies the (mangled?) remains of Francis Towneley”.
Underneath the Towneley sketch it seems another hand has noted that the head of Francis Towneley was displayed at Temple Bar, at that time located in the Strand. Temple Bar was later taken down and can be seen today at Paternotster Square near St Paul’s Cathedral.
Steve Lord
Jacobite Camden

The March of the Guards to Finchley

Saturday, 23rd April, 2016 saw CTGA supporting and helping showcase museums, gardens and Camden stakeholders. It was an occasion to remember 17 post Culloden victims from 1746, 16 of whom lie in St George’s Gardens Bloomsbury. Ironically they are just a few feet from the
Foundling Museum which is home to ‘The March of the Guards to Finchley’. This lively work by William Hogarth pictures a vista northwards from today’s Tottenham Court Road. Dating from 1749-50, it offers a glimpse of Georgian London at the time of the Jacobite rising.

1745 Association
Members of the 1745 Association, friends and representatives gathered in St George’s Gardens at noon on St George’s Day 2016. An especially warm welcome was extended with local volunteers on hand for festive patronal commemorations. Last year saw a plaque unveiled, 25th April 2015. Culloden commemorations for the 270th anniversary took place at the battlefield on Saturday, 16th April 2016. Some of those gathered in Bloomsbury were present as were representatives from New Zealand, Australia and the United States. A piper played two laments and following a few words of introduction flowers were laid. Refreshments were taken in the Foundling Museum who kindly facilitated a viewing of the Hogarth painting. In the afternoon a walk traced Hogarth’s vision, shadowing the outset of the march. At St Pancras Gardens Camden Guide Lester Hillman, who has written a guide to the Churchyard, explored how Colonel Francis Towneley of the Manchester Regiment, one of the 17 victims honoured at St George’s Gardens, found his resting place in the Churchyard. Perhaps for the first time since 7th June 1751, when Francis brother Henry Towneley paid a visit, there was a chance to recreate a forgotten Jacobite perspective.

James VI of Scotland
St Pancras Old Church offers further Scottish associations. Most visitors might miss the plaque to Daniel Clarke and his wife but for decades Daniel was cook to Queen Elizabeth I and then to James I (James VI of Scotland). Daniel Clarke died in 1613 at which time he may well have had links to the inns located at the top of Tottenham Court Road, later to be found pictured in Hogarth’s painting. The 1745 Association commemoration in Camden has become a yearly event, a return is scheduled for 2017, and a warm welcome will again be extended.
Lester Hillman, 24th April 2016
On 26th May, 2016, 1745 Association member, Steve Lord, visited the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy which is in Savoy St, just off The Strand in London. This is the last resting place of Dr Archibald Cameron who was the brother of Donald, "The Gentle Lochiel", an important Highland chief and supporter of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
Dr Archie accompanied the Jacobite army from Glenfinnan to Derby and back to the final battle at Culloden. Dr Archie took a musket ball in the chest at Falkirk but went on to Culloden and took care of his brother Donald when he was wounded in both ankles.
After Culloden Dr Archie along with many others was on the run from the Redcoat soldiers but still able to be involved in the receiving and hiding of the French gold coin which is often known as "The Treasure of Loch Arkaig".
The final hiding place of Prince Charles, Lochiel, Dr Archie and others was that remote spot in Ben Alder known as "Cluny's Cage". From there the fugitives made their way to Loch nan Uamh from where they were picked up by the French frigate L'Heureux".

Mission Statement
Charles Edward Stuart by Giles Hussey in pencil and red chalk
  New content you won't find anywhere else. Our primary communication is The Jacobite, provided as part of the membership benefits. Recent research by association members found the location of Lochiel's burial place at Bergues.
Le du Teillay Versailles Palace - Court of Honour Charles' signature
January 16 2016
From 1:30-4pm there will be a guided tour in the area of the Battle of Falkirk the day before its 270th anniversary. More details to come.
September 3-6, 2015
The success of the 1745 Association's Annual Gathering is attributed to John Macfarlane and Glen MacDonald. We visited; Barcaldine, Glen Creran, Glen Ure, Appin, Duror, Ballachulish, and Inverary. Complete details on the Gathering's page.