• A wondering I shall go: the Scots Diaspora post Culloden

  • 7 March 18:30 - 20:30
  • As a partner in the BBC Civilisations Festival Culloden is looking to the Scottish diaspora in the decades and centuries after the last battle on British soil.

    Join Dr Jim MacPherson and Prof. Jim Hunter for what will be an interesting evening at Culloden.

    Dr Jim MacPherson 'The Empire Strikes Back: Highland Homecomings, Culloden and competing visions of "British Civilisation"'

    Dr MacPherson is going to focus on two great politicians from the Empire and their visits to Culloden at various points during the twentieth century. It's all about how they both saw themselves as 'Better Britons' and challenged various aspects of what it meant to be British and also, respectively, Trinidadian and Canadian. And they do it by coming to Culloden...

    Prof. Jim Hunter A MacDonald in the Camp of Sitting Bull

    In 1876, they wipe out General George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Chief Sitting Bull and his Sioux people then flee from the United States to Canada. There, in the autumn of 1877, the Sioux are joined by the remnants of the latest Indian nation to make a stand against the US Army, the Nez Perce. Their survivors are led by Chief White Bird.

    A young man follows White Bird to Sitting Bull's camp. He is White Bird's close relative and aims to tell the story of the Nez Perce War from the Nez Perce point of view. This young man's name is Duncan McDonald. Descended from chiefs of the Nez Perce and from chiefs of one of Scotland's most formidable clans, Duncan's family - first as Highlanders, then as Native Americans - have twice been victims of massacre and dispossession.

    James Hunter’s telling of this real-life family saga (spanning two continents and more than 30 generations) has been made possible by the help he’s received from Duncan McDonald’s present-day kinsfolk on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. This Native American family’s many ancestors include a man who fought in the Jacobite Army at the Battle of Culloden.