Kilmorack’s Jacobites

Few graveyards in the Scottish Highlands have rebel graves of the 1745 uprising to visit; for obvious reasons, most of the men killed in the disastrous Battle of Culloden were buried on the battlefield. Rarely were there graves in the home Parish to be visited by the relatives, by mothers, sisters, aunts, by fathers, brothers and uncles. Some luckily had survived both the battle and the hunt for escaped rebels afterwards. Some, but not many.

What happened to Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat?

Not all of the fought for a cause they really believed in; some were forced by their lords to fight alongside them in the failed attempt to establish Charles Edward Stuart on the Scottish throne. Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, made his tenants fight and not all came back to their homes in the parish of Kilmorack. Nor were their bodies brought home to the old burial ground. Even their chief, Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, was caught and later beheaded in London.

MIA after Culloden

Men missing at Culloden were Alexander Campbell, tenant and distiller and several John and Simon Frasers.

Peter Gow, gardener in Beauly, was forced to fight, so was Hugh MacBean. It is not known what became of him.

Donald and John Cameron fought at Culloden, but their fate is also unknown, as is that of Farquhar Macnally or Thomas Taylor of Bridge House.

Old Kilmorack ancestors

Culloden must have had a large impact on life in the Parish. Government troops were marauding the area, many had to fear for their life. How many mothers went to the old burial ground in Kilmorack mourning a husband, brother, or son without having a grave to turn to in their sorrow and grief?

The graves in Old Kilmorack burial ground are mostly of a younger date, a time, when there were no more rebels left.

sources an further reading:

D. Murray Rose: Historical Notes on Essays on the ’15 and ’45. Edinburgh. Brown, 1897

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