I am researching the history of the Scottish influence on the exploration, discoveries, mapping, and settlement of the State of Idaho. First explored by the NorthWest Company from Canada and the Hudsons Bay Company. Most involved were displaced Highlanders. Anyone have authenticated histories that might help. Suggestions? Recommendations? I am from the Selkirk Mountain Range of Idaho... I have Scottish heritage on both sides of my family; Kennedy and Watson. Any point in the right direction would be helpful.
This may help! I have given a web sit for you to try as well!
16 April, 1746, Battle of Culloden (Jacobite Scots routed by the Government
troops); Charles escapes to France. The Jacobites had been victorious in the
prior battles and skirmishes; so much so, that King George of Britain had fled
south from his palace in London to escape possible capture! But the battle
itself was a total disaster for the Scots, under poor leadership. The Scots
were not in a good postion from the start of the battle, and instead of
withdrawing as he was advised by Lord Murray, Charles listened to his Irish
supporters who convinced him to fight a "final" battle here at Culloden Moor.
The Scots were cut down before most of them crossed the moor, those that did
were exhausted and using swords against English firearms and bayonets.
The injured Scots on the battlefield were ordered to be butchered by British
commander, the Duke of Cumberland (Butcher Cumberland) where they lay
and were unceremoniouslly dumped into mass graves, some still alive, and
buried. This final and decisive battle effectively ended all Jacobite resistance
and the Highlands were reduced to ashes by the Government forces on a
savage killing spree. The Highland Clan system never recovered it's past glory,
and the Clearances of "wild Highlanders" was about to put and end to 2000 or more years of Clan and family systems. The Highlanders suffered much more than their Lowland counterparts, many of whom had fought on the government side, as indeed did some Highlanders. The Highlander was reviled by the Lowlander, and thought a savage by the unsympathetic English. It was the end of the Highland way of life forever.
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