Hello, friends! I hope you are all continuing to stay safe and healthy during this crazy pandemic. How is everyone weathering the quarantine? Has the place where you live begun to reopen?
Today I would like to show you Culloden House, a stately Georgian-style mansion set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Last year, Mr. C and I visited for afternoon tea, before exploring the house and grounds and then heading over to see nearby Clava Cairns.
Culloden House is located roughly four miles from Inverness city center, and just under four miles from Culloden Moor, the location of the bloody final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Outlander fans will undoubtedly be quite familiar with the locale and the battle.
Set within forty acres of parkland, Culloden House dates to the latter part of the eighteenth century. A castle stood on the site even before that, however. According to Historic Environment Scotland, ‘Coulloddin Castle,’ a tower house belonging to the MacIntosh family, existed by the late 16th century” (Pont, 1595). Builders incorporated parts of the original castle into the structure we see today.
The property was home to various families throughout the years, two of the most prominent being the MacIntoshes and the Forbes. In 1626, Duncan Forbes (1572-1654), a wealthy urban merchant, purchased Culloden House from the MacIntosh chieftain. Thus began the family’s long tenure.
The Battle of Culloden and Bonnie Prince Charlie
On April 16, 1746, the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 took place on the battlefield at Culloden Moor. The Jacobites were led by Charles Edward Stuart (‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’), who sought to restore the Stuart monarchy to the British throne. In this gruesome final battle against the Duke of Cumberland’s troops, which lasted less than an hour, at least fifteen-hundred Jacobites perished. It was to be the last pitched battle (pre-arranged battle) ever to be fought on British soil.
For the three nights before the battle, Prince Charlie commandeered Culloden House. On display inside the house, is a swath of fabric from the bed in which the prince slept.
A future Duncan Forbes, Lord Culloden (1685-1747), is perhaps the most well-known from his family’s history. Forbes was a Hanoverian, but vehemently opposed the treatment of the Jacobites following the Battle of Culloden. “…many wounded Jacobites were brought here (Culloden House) after the fighting, and then shot. (Martin Coventry, author of The Castles of Scotland). Coventry says that others “had their skulls bashed in with musket butts.” Some say that Forbes died shortly after the battle, due to being brokenhearted over the treatment of the Jacobites.
Two of the four statues on the rear side of the house. They are said to “represent ‘Zenonia’, ‘Odenetus’, ‘Cato’, and ‘Scipio’. This may allude to the Stoic ideas of reason and virtue, the Forbes’ political role (equated with that of Odenetus who was entrusted with the protection of Rome’s Eastern empire), and his criticisms of the government, the ideal of the balanced constitution and the ideal statesman.” (Historic Environment Scotland)
Today Culloden House is a beautiful hotel with twenty-eight guest rooms, including the four located in the white garden mansion near the main building. The hotel is renowned for its understated elegance and hospitality.
Here is a quick peek inside part of the main house.
As much as we enjoyed the mansion, Mr. C and I especially loved strolling through the beautiful walled garden at Culloden House. I will close today with some shots from the garden and around the property.
A bench in the walled garden, dedicated to Diana Gabaldon, from “The Ladies of Lallybroch”. Gabaldon is the author of the Outlander book series.
Friends, I hope you enjoyed this look at Culloden Houe. As always, thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet. I wish each of you a wonderful week ahead.