The Battle of Culloden was the final conflict during the Jacobite Rising of 1745, in which the government forces defeated the Jacobite army and suppressed once and for all Charles Stuart's ambition of reclaiming the thrones of England and Scotland for his father, James Stuart.

Historical ContextEdit

The Battle of Culloden (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Chùil Lodair) was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745 and part of a religious civil war in Britain. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart were decisively defeated by loyalist troops commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.[1]

Events of the NovelsEdit

Dragonfly in AmberEdit

On the eve of the battle, Jamie sends Claire back through the stones on Craigh na Dun, in order to save Claire's life as well as that of their unborn child. After seeing them safe, he intends to try to save as many of his men as possible, and then die in the battle.


Jamie awakens after the battle is over, dazed and wounded. He thinks he has died, but is soon disabused of the notion when he finds Black Jack Randall's corpse lying on top of him. Jamie recalls that his godfather Murtagh has died in the battle, but doesn't remember the details of his death.

Ewan Cameron and Iain MacKinnon move Jamie from the battlefield into a farmhouse, where they wait with a group of Jacobites for the English to make a move. On the second day, Major Lord Melton comes to the farmhouse with an order to immediately execute the Jacobite traitors. Only Jamie is saved, as Melton's younger brother Lord John Grey owes him a debt of honor. Melton sends Jamie home on a wagon, expecting him to die on the journey.

The Fiery CrossEdit

During an exchange with Archibald Hayes, Jamie has several details of the battle recalled to him. Hayes describes Jamie saving his life, then returning to the battle.

A Breath of Snow and AshesEdit

Jamie dreams of his final confrontation with Randall at Culloden.

While working as an Indian Agent, Jamie tells a group of Cherokee about his feats in battle, and remembers during the telling details long suppressed in his memory.

At the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge, Jamie recalls the actions of his godfather, Murtagh, at Culloden, and feels his presence with him during the current battle.



  1. Battle of Culloden. Accessed 20 June 2016 via Wikipedia.