HRH Prince of Wales "For a long time I have felt strongly about the wanton destruction which has taken place in this country in the name of progress; about the sheer unadulterated ugliness and mediocrity of public and commercial buildings, and of housing estates, not to mention the dreariness and heartlessness of so much urban planning." Read the article
Eric Johnson, Warwick, Rhode Island, USA One of the most spiritual, historically significant, and iconic sites in Scotland. It's akin to Gettysburg and Normandy. Treat it with appropriate reverence!
Patrizia Parito, Rimini, Italy Because the tradizoni tell us where we came from ... and their memory must remain intact! Scotland is in my heart and in my soul.
Laura Dingwall Aberdeen, Scotland I’m a town planner and I have never seen such a bad proposed development in my career. This battlefield is part of our heritage and once gone its gone. So disrespectful. There is plenty of land to develop, there is no need to destroy a popular historic and tourist site. Those considering approving this application should feel deeply ashamed!
Suzanne Smart Colonsay, Saskatchewan I’ve been asked by a lot of people over the years (particularly since everyone has started watching Outlander), “what is it like to be there and walk over those grounds?”. . . There were times I wanted to sit down and cry and say “I’m so sorry”, without understanding what I should be sorry for…I just felt those were the only appropriate words. That day, I felt so many emotions that I truly can’t explain, because I had no reason to feel them, other than they just overcame me. I didn’t understand them until afterward, when I learned more about what Culloden was.
Lori Renfro, Fort Worth, Tx Culloden is such a significant part of Scotland's history. To encroach up to it would be the height of disrespect for the sacrifice the highlanders who fought and died here made. This is a beautiful and sacred area as well as a burial ground. It needs to be left unmarred and not have housing developments springing up right next to it! There is plenty of land in that area where those houses could be built. Please leave Culloden alone!
Pamela Reynolds, Australia Sites such as Culloden, Anzac etc should never be forgotten
or covered up. There is always better places to build but only one Culloden.
Sylvia Allen, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Both astronomy and Scottish history are important to
me and history will not thank the people who make this decision. Nancy MacLeod MacCorkill, Scotland To me, Culloden is a sacred monument to all the Clans and Scots who died there at the hands of Butcher Cumberland who, incidentally, had a huge army and guns against our swords. Many clans were buried in open pits, some thrown in while they were still alive. To build around this monument to Scotland is the highest insult.
Graham Mc Tavish Actor, Outlander This haunting, sacred place needs to be protected!
Steve Maclennan Tomatin, Scotland The core of the battle may well have taken place at the current Visitor Centre but you should be aware that battles happen not just in one area, for instance, in the woodland area just over the fence from the proposed development is the Prisoners Stone where Jacobite soldiers were lined up and shot dead. This alone proves the battle came down as far as the proposed development. If several were killed so close, how many more were killed upon the site?
Comments from the petition and our Facebook group David Simon, Germany This battle was a turning point in British - not Scottish, not English - but British history. You would not build on Westminster Abbey or Stonehenge now would you?
Tanja Reeve, Germany This is a place of important European history. It shows us what war meant and means - in the 18th century and today.
Ray Stones, Felixstowe, UK Once we give up one historical or sacred site for money, then there will be no limits on numbers destroyed.
Anna Chaimbeul Westville, Canada I am of Highland Scottish ancestry. We have veterans of the battle of Culloden buried here in Nova Scotia at Lismore and other sites. There is a Memorial held every year in April to honour these men. I have been to Culloden.....and paid my respects to the fallen. This encroachment upon the burial ground is profane. It is disheartening to think that this could be allowed to happen.
Jon Maclead Inverness, Scotland Our historic sites should be protected for future generations. This was the last battle fought on British soil...let it be the last!
Ed Hunt Scotland No one in Scotland should own a battle site no council no landowner no government. It belongs to us the people of Scotland and we say keep your hands off. The English came here a battle was fought and they did slay. Their remains still lie here till this day. Here they lie and must remain. To all who disturb them hang your head in shame. SAOR ALBA.
From George Kempik . . . spoken at the Culloden Battlefield demonstration Saturday, March 1st:
Hello friends, Welcome and thank you for coming today. That's really all I want and need to say but as you have all made the effort to come I would also like to say just a few words on why we are here.
We are here in protest to stop a development being proposed for a piece of land that stands within the area inventoried by Historic Scotland as part of the battlefield at Culloden. On 16 April 1746, people just like us gathered at that sacred place to make the ultimate sacrifice. And it seem like a handful of people are forgetting this. Worse still those same people seem to have power over all of us. We are taking that power back.
We started a Facebook group just 7 weeks ago which already has almost 1,400 members, an online petition which now has over 11,000 signatures and we have set up a web site, taking the story of this injustice to every corner of the world.
What seems strange is that two very important organisations involved in this decision seem not being listened to- Highland Council and the National Trust for Scotland. Both of whom are against this development. What seem so unjust and strange, is that one man sitting at a desk in Falkirk can make a decision that affects us all and sickens me personally to the pit of my stomach. Over the past 7 weeks we have continually heard some people say the battle is lost, we can't do anything to stop this development. IS THIS NOTHING? I really feel such comments and advice does our cause no good. We will do all we can just like the men who stood on that battlefield in 1746. Thank you for listening
George Kempik is a founder and an Admin. of the Group to Stop the Development at Culloden Battlefield
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