Gallery: Battle of Culloden Pageant

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The History Department - with the doughty assistance of a large numbers of pupils and other beaks - presented a re-enactment of the 1745 Jacobite uprising on Monday 28th November.

The performance was complete with pipes, Gaelic songs, bayonets (hockey sticks), dirks (school cutlery), tartan galore and lots of redcoats (mostly bibs from the PE department).

Bonnie Prince Charlie was ably played as an upright young gent (thoroughly Marlburian) by George Honeyborne (LI Sh), assisted by his slimy French aide de (extremely) camp Mr Molyneux. Mr McSkimming played the cowardly Lord Luvvy, Mr Clark played the brave rambunctious MacDanald (in a blow-up piper costume), Mr Brown the doom-laden Broon of Lochbroon and Mr Madden was the whisky-swigging Lord George Murray.

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Mr Ford and Mr Blossom played the disgruntled Jacobites Lord Ford and Squire Blossom - complete with dodgy wigs, port bottles, and secret sign language - and the Hanoverian royal family was lavishly portrayed by Mr Bush (King George II) and Mr Sandall (a terrifying Butcher Cumberland). The armies were stuffed with Shell pupils, including the Stuart twins who - tragically - fought on different sides and who murdered one another at the climax. Peter Corti (LI L6) bravely dressed up as Queen Caroline, Mrs Harris played Queen Victoria (who encountered the ghost of Flora MacDonald (Miss McAuley)). Charlie Wright (C2 Sh) played a deer (shot by his classmate Max Davis (BH Sh)) and Phil Pyke (CO U6) was a convincing eagle. The Chapel Choir came up trumps with 'See the Conquering Hero comes', celebrating Butcher Cumberland's victory.

Mr Moule, the 'author', attempted to control and run the proceedings, in full hiking gear. There were no actual casualties (though the deer made quite a crash when it fell) but a lot of fun was had by all, except - I assume - for some of the Jacobites like Lord Luvvy, who 'laughed his head off' as he was led to his execution (the origin of that phrase). The audience of (I think) about 200 sang along to Speed Bonnie Boat and the Skye Boat Song. This was our second such pageant, after the equally authentic 'Battle of Agincourt' last year. Next year we're considering the Protestant Reformation and/or the Russian Revolution.

Christopher Moule
Head of History

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