Drumossie Culloden Moor was the place of the famous battle in 1746 near Inverness. This is a very emotional battle for the Scottish people, as the Clans lost their right to wear their plaid colors, play the bagpipes or publicly meet as a family group. In the Scotland Homecoming 2009, they called this conflict a civil war. Scots fought on both sides. Others consider it a religious war, and still others consider it a political battle. This page will not go into details, as many books and web sites exist on the main battle. "Culloden" by John Preeble (Penguin Books) is one of the better written documents. Some more modern and colorful books are "Culloden 1746" by Peter Harringon (Osprey Military) or "Culloden and the '45" by Jeremy Black (St. Martin's Press) show many of the maps and layout of the battle. This page will cover the MacInnes connection that is still alive today.

Appin Banner

Most of the MacInneses at Culloden were in the Appin Regiment, although a few others were in regiments as noted below. Each regiment had its own banner or colours and was always a target of the opposing side. The Appin Regiment suffered severe casualties. The Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh reports that as many as 17 different clansmen held the Appin Banner. It was ripped with grapeshot that was used against the clansmen.

According to the book, "NO QUARTER GIVEN", the muster roll of MacInneses in Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army 1745-46 is shown below.
Editors are Alastair Livingstone of Bachuil (the father of the current Livingstone chief), Christian W.H. Aikman and Betty Stuart Hart.

MacInneses were represented by:

10 in Stewarts of Appin
   MacInish, Archibald; Maryburgh
   MacInish, Donald, son of ferryman; Ballachulish
   MacInnes, Archibald; Argyll
   MacInnes, Archibald; Stirlingshire
   MacInnes, Malcolm; Sallachil, Fasnacloich Estate
   MacInnis, Donald; Ballachulish Estate
   MacInnis, Donald; Fasnacloich Estate
   MacInnis, Ewen; Ballchulish Estate
   MacInnis, John; Inverfoulla, Invernahyle Estate
   MacInnis, Paul; Ballachulish Estate
1 in Gordon of Glenbucket
   MacInnes, Thomas; labourer, Banff
3 in MacDonalds of Clanranach
   MacInnes, Anrew; grazier, Tray, Morar
   MacInnish, Duncan Maclan; Allt-an-Doran
   MacInnish, Mor Ruari; Caoles
3 in MacDonalds of Glencoe
   MacInnes, Donald; Brecklet
   MacInnes, Donald; Kelisnacon
   MacInnis, John; Inverchoan/Polveige
1 in MacDonnell of Keppoch
   MacInnes, John; Achuachrach
4 in MacKinnons
   MacInnes, John; chief's boatman
   MacInnes, John; Glasnakille
   MacInnes, John; Kilbride
   MacInnes, Donald; Harrapool

Total of 22.

Donald Livingstone, 18, whose mother Anna was a MacInnes, bravely rescued the banner. Donald wrapped the banner around himself, and then put on his coat to help hide it. The British saw him and shot him. He was said to have been knocked senseless, but was not injured. He managed to grab a loose mount and went back to Morvern where he presented the Appin Banner to his mother.

Donald later gave the banner to the father of his commander, who lived in Ballachulish.  The banner was later hung in Edinburgh Castle and now resides in the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

Mharir Ross
Gaelic service

Left: Mhairi Ross (nee Livingstone) carried the replica Appin Banner into St. John's Church at Ballachulish as part of the 2009 Homecoming. Her ancestor, 18-year-old Donald Livingston (son of Anna MacInnes of Morvern), rescued the Banner and Appin Chalice from the carnage after Culloden.

Right: An honorary Gaelic service honoring Clan MacInnes July 19, 2009. Mhairi with the flag again.

Stuart Appin flag

Donald Livingstone presenting the Appin Banner to his mother Anna MacInnes.

A larger version of this picture "The Return of the Appin Banner" by Sleath Cumming can be found here.

Original Appin Flag
Appin Stewart Regiment - regimental colour carried at Culloden, 1746
© Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland
Click on the image to see a museum photo of the original flag.

Replica Appin Flag
Flag & painting

Left: A replica banner is on the opposite side of the original.
Right: Appin Flag and David Morier painting.
© Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland

Museum plaque top
© Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland
Morier painting
The David Morier painting, now owned by the Queen. It has been stated that several of the men captured at Culloden were used to stage this painting.

© Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland
Museum plaque bottom
© Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland
Livingstone grave

The grave of Donald Livingstone at Kiel Church in Morvern. His mother Anna is also buried at Kiel Church. The church is famous with Clan MacInnes.

The gravestone has classic Celtic symbols like the skull and bones, and shield. Here local historian Iain Thornber is pointing out the various symbolisms.

Visit the Kiel Church page for more information on the cemetery and church grounds.

Livingstone Marker
Ballachuish cemetery
Ballachulish St. John's Church cemetery looking towards the burial isle, Eilean Munde. Ballachulish church
Ballachulish St. John's Church where the clansmen going into battle had communion.
Glenfinnan Monument
The Glennfinnan Monument where Prince Charlie met with the Clans and received their oaths. Close by is a center that details the history. To the other side of this monument is a beautiful stone viaduct where the steam train known as the "Harry Potter" train passes. The train runs daily.
A good write-up of Donald Livingstone can be found at the
Clan Livingstone web site.

A partial muster of the Appin Regiment shows the listing of the MacInneses in the battle. The abbreviation of M' is the same as Mac or Mc. The Stewarts of Appin was written by John Stewart in 1880.

Appin Chalice

The Appin Chalice and Appin Communion Paten (right). The paten is shown upside down (below) to note the name and the date. About 250 clansmen received communion from these before going into battle. (92 were killed in battle and 65 were wounded).
Appin Chalice
Communal server
Church setting

Above: Communion setting at St. John's Ballachulish. Several members of the MacInnes Tour were allowed to drink out of the chalice on a recent visit to the church.

Right: The chalice on the communion paten.

Below: Chalice close-up.

Chalice and bottom
Close up of Chalice

The Culloden Centre and Battlefield

The Culloden Centre is a beautiful newly-built building on the battlefield site.  The Centre is very well done, with many rooms and corridors with displays.  On the left is the blue side representing the Jacobites.  On the right is the red side representing the Hannover British Army.  The Centre story starts with the background to the conflict through the various phases.  Many artifacts are displayed. A surround theatre presents a recreation of the battle that lasts 45 minutes.  After this area, the visitor can collect a headset and begin to tour the grounds.  There are many marked sites, the headsets are GPS enabled to sense where you are on the site.  Red and blue flags are on the field showing where the original lines where drawn.

The Centre has done a lot of work to validate the battle.  Researchers went out with metal sensors and found many artifacts.  These artifacts gave them a clearer idea of what had happened in the field, and changed some of the lines accordingly.

Coming back inside is a small display of the aftermath of Culloden, but this area is very small.

It is unfortunate that Clan MacInnes cannot support the Centre.  There are three main problem areas, recent changes from the National Trust for Scotland,  that the Association feels the way history is portrayed has been changed.

1) All the regiments were made up of volunteers from the area and most regiments had members of various clans involved. Initially Clan MacInnes with 22 members in the muster was not mentioned in the display area in the Centre as one of the clans represented. This omission was later corrected.

2) Only the Stewarts and MacLaren are now mentioned on the Appin Regiment Marker Stone on the battlefield. For many years the marker stone had merely stated "Appin Regiment".  Why the amended version of the "Appin Regiment, Stewarts and MacLarens" on the new stone? All other clans have no objection to the specific listing of Stewarts as they had the largest representation in the regiment. Why have the MacLarens received specific recognition to the detriment of other clans? After all, the MacLarens had fewer recruits in the Appin Regiment and lost fewer men than, for example, the MacColls. Indeed the MacLaren Clan was chiefless from 1672 to 1957. The International Association of Clan MacInnes would prefer that the marker revert to the earlier format of "Appin Regiment".  As a compromise the Association would be happy for all participating clans in the Appin Regiment to be acknowledged. A mail/email campaign with the National Trust for Scotland has to date, not been successful, and repeated attempts to set up a meeting with the Chairman of the Trust have been rejected (a copy of the appeal letter is shown here should you feel you want to add your weight to the campaign). Clan Livingstone has also been very supportive of our efforts.

3) The aftermath of the Battle of April 1746 is very much understated. The atrocities that the British government committed against the Scots is well known; women and children were killed, clansmen hunted down and killed and the injured on the field mutilated. The British Hanoverian commander Cumberlaud was nicknamed "The Butcher" because of his actions.

Culloden stone entrance
Clan Blue flag

The walkway into the Centre is marked with stones of the various clans. Clan MacInnes chose not to have a marker for reasons mentioned above.

Right: The blue flags marking the start of the clan line.

The wall leading into the Centre with the clan blue and Hannover British red markers. On the left is the Gaelic of Culloden. The battlefield is behind this wall.

This is a map at the start of the outdoor tour. In the white is the walking tour.

To the right is the clan line flags.

British row
The red flags marking the Hannover British Army line. The elevation drops from here to the blue line, they had the advantage of shooting their cannons downhill.
Appin marker There were many other clans that fought in this regiment besides MacLaren, including Clans MacInnes, Livingstone, MacColl, Carmichael, MacCombich and Buchanan.
This is the controversial stone marker of the Appin Regiment. 250 is the number of men.

Bagpipes from 1746 at the entrance of the museum.
Grave plaque
The battlefield map at the start of the outdoor tour.
This overlooks the battlefield. Although grassy today, in 1746 this field was a boggy mess, hard to walk.
Carne plaque

Above: This is the plaque shown in the right photograph, bottom center of the picture.

Across from this place are the other markers shown below.


A cairn shows where many of the dead who died that day were buried.

MacGillivrary marker Some of the clan markers seen across from the Carne. Some have lost their markings, as shown below. Clan markers
English stone
A simple marker for the British soldiers buried there.  Almost all the British soldiers were Scottish as well.
Several of the clan markers had flowers, showing the emotion that still exists.  To the right is a marker that list all the clans of that regiment.
Clan Marker
Heather The symbols of Scotland were abundant that day, heather in bloom alongside wild flowers and daisies.  And our friend, the bee, on a thistle along the blue flag path of clans.

Thistle & bee
A thistle and bee at the Culloden site.

MacAonghais a-rithist!