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When you have to see where you've been. Here's a selection from the Itinerary of Prince Charles Edward Stuart that has been cross-referenced and geocoded.

MacDonalds (L.P. 484, etc.). The Prince spent the night in ‘a little barn at the head of the loch’ (J.M.B.).

Aug. 20. Remained at Glenfinnan  while the arms and baggage were carried from Loch Shiel to Loch Lochy (L.P. 442).

Aug. 21-22. At Kinlochiel.[1] Here he learned that Sir John Cope  was marching by Dalwhinny towards Fort Augustus. Switenham was dismissed on the 21st and joined Cope at Dalnacardoch  on the 25th (G.C.T. 19). The Prince, hearing for the first time of the reward of £30,000  offered for his capture, prepared a counter proclamation[2] offering £30 for the capture of George II (J.M.B.), afterwards altered to £30,000  (S.M. 1747, p. 626).

Aug. 23. At Fassefern[3], the house of John Cameron[4], Lochiel’s brother (i. 207).

Aug. 24. Marched to Moy[5], crossing a hill to avoid a ship of war lying off Fort William (i. 207).

Aug. 25. At Moy (i. 207), Murray of Broughton  this day named Secretary (J.M.B.).


Aug. 26. Marched to Letterfinlay[6] and on to Invergarry Castle[7]. Met at Invergarry by Fraser  of Gortleg, with a message from Lord Lovat[8] assuring the Prince of his services, and urging him to march north through Stratherrick to Inverness, when the Frasers would rise, and probably the MacLeods, Sir Alexander MacDonald, the MacKenzies, the Grants, and Macintoshes. The Duke of Atholl, on the other hand, pressed him to push south and raise the Atholl country, and reach Edinburgh as soon as possible to unite his followers there. The latter proposal was adopted (L.P. 442). Here a document was drawn up and signed by all the chiefs present, pledging themselves not to lay down their arms or make peace separately without consent of the whole (J.M.B.).

                                      Joined by the Stewarts of Appin under Ardshiel, 260 men (L.P. 442). Heard that Cope  was at Dalwhinny preparing to march over Corryarrack. Sent part of the army by a forced march to seize the pass before Cope could reach it (i. 207, L.P.443, etc.).

                                      On Aug, 19th Cope  left Edinburgh for Stirling; 20th ,marched to Crieff  with the following force: five companies of Lee’s, Murray’s regiment, two companies of Lord John Murray's Highlanders, and was joined at Crieff by eight companies of Lascelles’s (G.C.T. 16). Marched to Amombrie [Amulree], 22nd; Taybridge [Aberfeldy], 23rd; Trinifuir, 24th; Dalnacardoch, 26th; Dalwhinny, 26th (ib. 45). Before leaving Edinburgh he strengthened the garrisons of Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow, and Inveraray, and left Gardiner’s dragoons to defend the Forth at Stirling, and Hamilton’s dragoons to defend Edinburgh (ib. 16).

Aug. 27. Marched to Aberchalder (L.P. 442)[9]. Joined by 400 Glengarry  MacDonalds, the MacDonalds of Glencoe  (120 men, H.H. 117)[10], and some of the Grants of Glenmoriston (J.M.B., L.P. 442), but deserted by some of Keppoch’s men[11].

[1] A letter from the Prince, dated Kinlochiel, 22nd August, to Sir James Grant of Grant is facsimiled in Sir William Fraser's Chiefs of Grants, ii. 386.

[2] There is no old house now with which the Prince’s name is associated, but a flat moor is pointed out where the reward for King George was publicly proclaimed.

[3] Fassefern (Ord. Sur. Fassifern [Fassfern]) still stands, but two years ago the rooms occupied by the Prince were considerably altered.

[4] John Cameron did not join the Prince.

[5] The house occupied at Moy no longer exists.

[6] Cameron states that the Prince spent the night at Letterfinlay (i. 207), but from the united evidence of Murray’s Journal, the Lockhart Papers (L.P. 442), and the indirect evidence of the Culloden Papers, it is pretty certain that he went on the same day to Invergarry.

The Prince's halting-place at Letterfinlay is believed to be the old inn on Wade's road, now sometimes used for changing post-horses.

[7] Glengarry himself had gone to join Cope. See ante, p. 5, n 5. Invergarry Castle was burned down by Cumberland’s soldiers in May 1746 (S.M. 287).

[8] This was Lord Lovat’s first communication to the Prince (J.M.B.).

[9] This house no longer exists.

[10] Home  states that one-half did not join until the army was between Perth and Dunblane  (H.H. 77 n).

[11] Murray of Broughton states that the reason for the desertion was a private quarrel with the chief, which in his MS. is explained by a note to have been the refusal of the chief, a strict Protestant, to allow a favourite priest to accompany the clan, many of whom were Catholics. I am informed, however, by Mrs. Macdonnell of Keppoch, whose late husband was great-grandson of the Keppoch of the ‘45, that this must be a mistake, as the chief was never a Protestant, though his eldest son married a Protestant wife and abandoned his religion.

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