Culloden 300 Fund
Help Us Protect the Battlefield
April 2021 marks the 275th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, which ended the Jacobite Rising and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s claim to the British throne. The site of the last major battle on British soil, the wild moor at Culloden is the resting place of 1,500 Jacobite and 50 Government soldiers who fought and died here in 1746.
Today, you can walk the historic landscape where a central memorial cairn and stone markers recognize the fallen soldiers and their clans.
Our newly accredited museum and visitor center tells the story of the 1745 Rising, from both the Jacobite and Government perspectives, and displays unique artifacts that reveal the experience of being at the heart of the battle.
The traditional thatched Leanach Cottage has been restored and houses temporary exhibitions for visitors to explore even more about Culloden’s heritage.
The battlefield is an irreplaceable, powerfully emotive place and the National Trust for Scotland has cared for Culloden Moor since 1937. But it is increasingly under threat from developers and the Trust works hard every day to protect its sense of place.
What will Culloden look like 300 years on without integrated planning and community support? Action is needed now because as a nonprofit we rely on individual donations to fight against new development around the battlefield. In 2019, around 3,000 people took part online and in person in the consultation which aimed to establish how people wanted the site of the last major battle on British soil to look in 2046, 300 years on from the event that marked the conclusion of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt on the British throne. The report shows resounding support for the protection and care of Culloden and affirms its importance to our shared heritage.
How Your Gift Will Make a Difference
The biggest threat to Culloden is piecemeal development and the Trust has recently objected to three residential housing plans on sites of the battlefield that are not under our care. A donation to the Culloden 300 Fund will ensure we are able to oppose developments on historically significant land where soldiers fought and died and protect it for the future.
Your support will also help us develop remote learning materials to educate children about the Jacobite rising and how their final stand at Culloden changed the course of European history.
We work hard to restore the land, as closely as possible, to how it would have looked in the 18th century and have goats and cows who graze the land just as they would have years ago. A gift today will help us care for the animals who ensure the landscape stays healthy and does not become overgrown.