Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

Find out how staff at the centre prepare for answering visitor enquiries on their ancestral links and clan heritage.

The Battle of Culloden in 1746 was the major event which ended the Jacobite period and heralded a new era in Highland culture and history.

As such, the battle has connections with every clan story, not just those involved in the battle itself.

Many visitors to the National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre are interested in their ancestral links to the clans involved in the battle as well as the events that followed the battle specifically mass emigration from the Highlands and the Highland Clearances.

Staff on site are briefed on how to help with any enquiries and there are folders available providing details of the known names of the Jacobite men involved in the battle and where visitors can go for further details about their family names. There are also some records on the Jacobite men who were transported overseas after the battle which resulted in Scottish ancestry being present across the globe.

The Centre also has a good collection of published sources available for reference which focus on the period of the battle and the people involved and staff are happy to help try and answer any queries.

There is also a gift shop with an excellent selection of clan history, genealogy as well as Scottish history books available to purchase.

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