The Battle of Culloden: 16 April 1746

The battle of Culloden, fought on 16 April 1746 was a significant defeat for Jacobite forces led by Bonnie Prince Charlie during the uprising known as “The ‘45”. The win by the British Government (Royalist) forces led to suppression of Highland culture and heralded the end of the clan system. We will also compare the two opposing commanders Charles Edward Stuart and the Duke of Cumberland and some of their key staff as well as the tactics employed by both sides. Echoes of the battle continue today with this battlefield, held as sacred ground by many Scots being under threat by modern developers’ plans.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Fortescue’s History of the British Army, Volume 1, Part II.
  • Tomasson, Katherine and Buist, Francis, Battles of the Forty-five, Harper Collins Ltd, UK, 1978.
  • Oates, Jonathan, Battles of the Jacobite Rebellions - Killiecrankie to Culloden. Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2019.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Background to the Jacobite uprising of 1745
  • Comparison of Jacobite and British leadership
  • Comparison of Jacobite and British forces and tactics up to early 1746
  • Description of the battle of Culloden – why the Government forces won
  • Consequences for the defeated Jacobite forces and Highland communities
  • Echoes for today – protecting the battlefield and Scottish nationalism

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the politics of Jacobite uprisings in 17th and 18th Century Europe.
  2. Appreciate the strategic objectives of Jacobite intentions in Scotland.
  3. Appreciate the character and personal objectives of the opposing commanders.
  4. Understand the structure, tactics and objectives of Jacobite forces in the 1745-46 rebellion.
  5. Understand how the new training, structure, tactics and objectives of British Government forces employed after Prestonpans in 1745 led to this victory.
  6. Appreciate how the victory impacted on both the Highland participants and the subsequent suppression of the Highland clan system.
  7. Appreciate the ongoing echoes of threats to this particular battlefield by modern developers who wish to subsume the land for community projects.
$65 Limited

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