Trace to the past

25th April 2008 at 01:00
The winners of the search for children with ancestors who fought at the Battle of Culloden have been announced
The winners of the search for children with ancestors who fought at the Battle of Culloden have been announced.

Seven-year-old Philip Nicol, from Inverness, and Scott Hay, 11, from Kincraig, were chosen from all the entrants, from as far away as Canada. They helped officially open the National Trust for Scotland's new Culloden visitor centre on April 16, the anniversary of the 1746 battle.

Philip is descended from a family which fought on both sides of the battlefield. His family tree reveals three brothers of the Farquharson family of Allargue in Aberdeenshire, two of whom were officers with the Jacobite army, while the other fought with the government troops.

Scott's ancestor at Culloden was William Hay from Glenbucket in Aberdeenshire, who fought under Major General John Gordon of Glenbucket, a renowned senior Jacobite commander whose feats included the burning of Ruthven Barracks before the Battle of Culloden.

"We are particularly excited that a youngster whose ancestors fought on both sides of the battle responded to our challenge, as we knew such families existed," said the trust's Culloden project co-ordinator, Alexander Bennett.

"They are both living proof of the fact that Scots, often from the same areas and families, were divided by the conflict, and help to dispel the myth that the battle was fought between England and Scotland."

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