Re: MacLachlans at the Battle of Culloden
Hi Kathy, although I am not related to the MacLachlans,
who fought at the Battle of Culloden--I have read about
them, as being a "Cousin" Clan of the O'Meloughlins of
Ireland...45 years ago, I read from "Britanica" that
it gave credit to the MacLachlan Chieftain, as leading
the Scotish Army's Charge at that particular Battle...
Prior to the Battle, on their way to join up with the
rest of the Scotish Army--the McLeans had run into a
English patrol, and their chieftain had been killed in
that conflict.After they arrived on the field, with
no leader--and knowing of the MacLachlan's Chieftain's
fame on battlefields,they voted to follow his 'Banner'
to lead them into the Battle--when it happened.They
charged together with the McLachlans, when he signaled.
And were followed by the rest of the Scotish Army--
forming a gigantic spear-head, which drove through the
center of the English Line--Supposely, the McLachlan
Chieftain's body was found 200 yards past where the
English Line had been, he died of mortal wounds which
had been sustained during the charge...And yes, it
did gain English attention, & an attempt was made to
exterminate that Clan, at some time after the Scots
dispersed and left the battle-area.As I understand,
the McLachlans were typical 'Presbyterians' as were
most of Scotland's Highlander's Clans...(I also
noted--that 30 years later--"Britanica" no longer
carried the notation--'giving him credit' for having
led "that winning Battle-Charge"...) "He who writes
the History books--gets the last Word!"I have no
further information for you, since they were NOT my
Line--but thought I might help you a little on their
history in Scotland...Cheers!