In Focus: The Battle of Culloden
By Susanne MacDonald, Raoul Curtis-Machin, Katey Boal and Marie Annand
Image provided by VisitScotland/Kenny Lam
This audio forms part of a series of audio interviews conducted in 2022 by Smartify as part of the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project. Listen and discover the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands through the eyes of the people who live, work and visit here.
In our 'In Focus' audio mini-series, take a closer look into a wide range of topics spanning the vast natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands and Islands. Here, in this edition of 'In Focus', listen to Susanne MacDonald, Raoul Curtis-Machin, Katey Boal and Marie Annand as they discuss the infamous Battle of Culloden Moor (1746) and its aftermath, which had irreparable repercussions on Gaelic culture and the local communities of the Highlands and Islands.
[Katey Boal] I think for me, the story of Culloden is a story of change, it's a story of conflict but mostly it's about what happened after...it's communities turning on each other, it's this aura of suspicion, it's this feeling that you can't speak your language...if you tell a group of people that their culture is worthless then you damage the soul of that group of people.