The hundred years between 1650 and 1750 were among the most troubled in Scotland’s history. This period began with Cromwell’s invasion and ended with the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army at the bloody battle of Culloden, fought on a windswept moor east of Inverness on 16 April 1746. It was a century that saw the downfall of the Stuart dynasty and the triumph of the Hanoverian successors.
The intensive military activity in Scotland during this period - especially in the Highlands, the cradle of unrest - can still be traced in the surviving buildings and other archaeological remains. The authors highlight:
- the adaptation of the ancient royal castles
- mighty new forts like Fort William and Fort George
- smaller barracks at Ruthven, Inversnaid and elsewhere
- wade’s and Caulfeild’s military roads
With the aid of over 100 illustrations, Chris Tabraham and Doreen Grove not only tell the story of these forts, barracks and roads against the backdrop of momentous historical events; they also bring to life the men who defended them, lived in them and marched forth from them - men who formed part of the first standing army.