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PERIOD: 1740s
CONTRIBUTOR: Highland Libraries
COLLECTION NAME: Fraser Mackintosh (illustrations)
DATE OF ORIGINAL: 1874


Lady Anne Mackintosh (1723-1787) was the wife of Angus, Chief of the Clan Mackintosh. Despite her husband fighting in the government army during the '45 Rising, she raised Clan Mackintosh and Clan Chattan to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie under the command of MacGillivray of Dunmaglass. For this she earned the affectionate title 'Colonel Anne' and Bonnie Prince Charlie was said to have called her 'La Belle Rebelle', the beautiful rebel.

Soon after the battle of Falkirk the Prince was staying at Moy Hall, Lady Anne's home, when Lady Anne received a message from her mother-in-law that government forces were going to attack. Lady Anne sent five of her staff out with guns to crash about and shout clan battle cries to trick the government forces into thinking they were about to face the Jacobite army. The ploy worked and the government army fled. The event became known as 'The Rout of Moy'.

After the battle of Culloden, Lady Anne was arrested and turned over to the care of her mother-in-law for a time. She later met the Duke of Cumberland at a social event in London with her husband. He asked her to dance to a pro-government tune and she returned the favour by asking him to dance to a Jacobite tune.

This illustration was taken from 'A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments vol. 1' ed. by John S. Keltie



IDENTIFIER: QZP40_159_637

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