The Battle of Culloden is a major point in history covered in the first two Outlander books (and seasons). However, there are a number of facts missed out in both that you need to know.
April 16 marks the anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. It’s an important event for Outlander fans, as it creates the backdrop of the first two books (and first two seasons). This was the turning point for the clans and Scottish way of life. While there are many facts known, there are some that the majority of Outlander fans don’t know about the battle and its aftermath.
As we commemorate the loss of the lives lost at Culloden on this day, it’s time to look into the facts. Here are seven things you didn’t know about the Battle of Culloden.
It wasn’t the first attempt at a Jacobite uprising
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The Battle of Culloden is one of the main Jacobite uprisings people learn about in history, but it definitely wasn’t the first. There were a number of attempts to put a Stuart king back on the throne before the ’45. In fact, the first rising started back in 1688, shortly after King James II of England/VII of Scotland supposedly abdicated his throne (he ran from the Protestant forces to live another day and Parliament decided he’d abdicated).
The first major battle in the uprising was the Battle of Dunkeld in 1689. A recent A9 expansion threatens to remove some of the battleground from the 1688-1689 Jacobite uprisings.
Multiple occasions saw the Jacobites flee to regroup and attempt again.