An inaugural walk around the battlefield of Falkirk Muir, the largest battle in terms of the numbers of combatants fought during the Jacobite Wars, the penultimate battle fought on British soil, and the last Jacobite victory.
The itinerary is as follows:
10:30 AM onwards: coffee, tea and biscuits available at the Falkirk Old Church Hall
11:00 AM: Introductory presentation in the Falkirk Old Church Hall (Trinity Church, off Falkirk High Street) by Michael Nevin, Chairman of The 1745 Association, on the Battle of Falkirk Muir, entitled "The Last Jacobite Victory."
11:35 AM: Presentation by Glen MacDonald of The 1745 Association on the death of Young Glengarry on January 20th 1746 following his accidental shooting the day after the battle.
12:05 PM: Assemble around north side of the tomb of Young Glengarry (Tomb/sarcophagus of John De Graeme)
Short commemorative service by the Rev. Canon Dr Robert Harley, Honorary Chaplain to the 1745 Association, in memory of Young Glengarry.
Laying of a wreath in remembrance of Young Glengarry by Ranald MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief of the MacDonells of Glengarry and a patron of the 1745 Association.
Piping of a lament by piper Sandy MacDonell.
12: 15 PM: Glen MacDonald will invite those present to move to the High Street through the Churchyard Archway and then turn to face the Archway.
12: 20 PM: Short speech by Glengarry.
Glengarry unveils 1745 Association plaque on the archway pillar in memory of Young Glengarry and the events leading to his death.
Piping of a Pibroch by piper Sandy MacDonell.
Photo opportunity with Glengarry and piper by the plaque.
12:30 PM: Mike Nevin will invite those present to move along the High Street eastwards to enter the Howgate Shopping Centre to view the stained glass window of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, commander in chief of the Jacobite Army on that day, and his two divisional commanders, Lord George Murray who commanded the Jacobite Right and Lord John Drummond who commanded the Jacobite Left. Lunch at the Howgate Centre, Falkirk.
c 1:15 PM: Coach to the battlefield - Bantaskine Park (for those who have booked on EventBrite – others can make their own way up by car etc)
1:30 PM – 3:15 PM: Guided battlefield tour by Geoff Bailey, author of Falkirk of Paradise), the most detailed published account of the battle, events leading up to it, and its aftermath. The tour will begin at Bantaskine Park.
At the end of the tour, the Rev Canon Dr Bob Harley will say a few words of dedication when we reach the Greenrig Car Park where the table and bench that we are installing at the Shelter Belt on the battlefield are being temporarily held pending the upgrading of the Shelter Belt pathway between Lochgreen Road and Slammanan Road. The table will have a plaque to the memory of Brian Whiting, late Editor of The Jacobite (1945-2017). This point marks the critical location of the engagement between the Jacobite right and the Hanoverian light cavalry which gave the Jacobites their final victory, and the bench will be Brian’s final gift to dedicated students of Jacobite history who, like him, are not as mobile as they once were, and would like to sit down during the walk.
The tour will finish at the Canada Water Kitchen and Bar, where attendees can have tea before heading for home. The coach will pick up those travelling by coach outside the Canada Water Kitchen at the Greenrig Car Park at c 3:45 PM, and they will be taken back to Howgate Centre.
The event is free and open to all.
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