In pictures: 1,000 people gather for Culloden anniversary

The event marked the 272nd anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. PIC: Gaelic Society of Inverness.
The event marked the 272nd anniversary of the Battle of Culloden. PIC: Gaelic Society of Inverness.
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Around 1,000 people gathered at Culloden to mark the 272nd anniversary of the battle.

The service was hosted by the Gaelic Society of Inverness with people making the journey from several different countries to attend.

Chairman Murdo Campbell said one woman travelled from Ohio for the event - and had attended for the last 20 years.

Clan members from France and Germany also joined their Scottish counterparts for the service, which was conducted largely in Gaelic.

The commemoration included prayers, psalms and laying of wreaths as well as an address from the new chief of the Gaelic Society, Murdo Beaton.

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A poem was ready by society bard Maoileas Caimbeul and a moving rendition of Cumha na Cloinne (Lament for the children) was performed by piper Euan MacCrimmon, Mr Campbell said.

The protest against plans to build new homes at Viewhill Farm, which sits on the edge of the battlefield and witnessed significant contact on April 16 1746, was a recurring theme of this year’s commemoration.

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Mr Campbell said: “The event has got bigger, bigger and bigger in recent years.

“Culloden is quite a place to visit and people want to pay their respects there, where the last battle was fought on Scottish soil. It is a sombre event to a degree but is also a great meeting place for people.”