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Beautiful Glenfinnan nowadays is mostly known for featuring in the Harry Potter movies with its viaduct...that viaduct is just in the opposite direction of my pov.
But the glen and Loch Shiel are part of a much older and very tragic history.
This monument you see in my pic marks the beginning of a sad story.
The 18m/60ft high monument at the shore of Loch Shiel commemorates the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the beginning of the 1745 Jacobite Rising...the third and last one in the history of Scotland.
Prince Charles initially landed from France on Eriskay in the Western Isles. He then travelled to the mainland in a small rowing boat, coming ashore just west of Glenfinnan. On arrival on the Scottish mainland, he was met by a small number of MacDonalds. Stuart waited at Glenfinnan for a number of days as more MacDonalds, Camerons, Macfies and MacDonnells arrived.
On 19 August 1745, after Prince Charles judged he had enough military support, he climbed the hill near Glenfinnan and his royal standard was raised. The Young Pretender then announced to all the mustered clans he claimed the Scottish and the English thronesin the name of his father James Stuart ('the Old Pretender'). Afterwards brandy was distributed to the assembled highlanders to celebrate the occasion.
Eight months later, Charles Stuart's claim to the thrones of Scotland and England ended in failure at the Battle of Culloden on the 16 April 1746.
Charles Stuart returned to the area after Culloden during his flight to evade the government troops of Prince William, Duke of Cumberland. After being hidden by loyal supporters, he boarded a French frigate on the shores of Loch nan Uamh close to where he had raised his standard the previous year. The Young Pretender died in Rome in 1788 without ever setting foot on Scottish soil again.
By 1815, the Jacobite cause was no longer a political threat. Alexander Macdonald of Glenaladale built a memorial tower at Glenfinnan to commemorate the raising of the standard of the Young Pretender.
Today it's in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and there is a visitor centre. at Glenfinnan