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Clan Mackintosh

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Talk, Wed 7 Mar 2018



As a partner in the BBC Civilisations Festival Culloden is looking to the Scottish diaspora in the decades and centuries after the last battle on British soil.

Join Dr Jim MacPherson and Prof. Jim Hunter for what will be an interesting evening at Culloden.

Dr Jim MacPherson 'The Empire Strikes Back: Highland Homecomings, Culloden and competing visions of "British Civilisation"'

Dr MacPherson is going to focus on two great politicians from the Empire and their visits to Culloden at various points during the twentieth century. It's all about how they both saw themselves as 'Better Britons' and challenged various aspects of what it meant to be British and also, respectively, Trinidadian and Canadian. And they do it by coming to Culloden...

Prof. Jim Hunter A MacDonald in the Camp of Sitting Bull

In 1876, they wipe out General George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Chief Sitting Bull and his Sioux people then flee from the United States to Canada. There, in the autumn of 1877, the Sioux are joined by the remnants of the latest Indian nation to make a stand against the US Army, the Nez Perce. Their survivors are led by Chief White Bird.

A young man follows White Bird to Sitting Bull's camp. He is White Bird's close relative and aims to tell the story of the Nez Perce War from the Nez Perce point of view. This young man's name is Duncan McDonald. Descended from chiefs of the Nez Perce and from chiefs of one of Scotland's most formidable clans, Duncan's family - first as Highlanders, then as Native Americans - have twice been victims of massacre and dispossession.

James Hunter’s telling of this real-life family saga (spanning two continents and more than 30 generations) has been made possible by the help he’s received from Duncan McDonald’s present-day kinsfolk on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. This Native American family’s many ancestors include a man who fought in the Jacobite Army at the Battle of Culloden.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 7 Mar 2018 18:30



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Map reference: NH 745449  Lat: 57.47702 Long: -4.09302


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups