Battle of Worcester 1651'
re-enactment on the 1st, and 2nd, of September
at Manor Farm, Malvern Road, Worcester, UK
of the most momentous events in our history was the Battle of Worcester
in 1651. The success of Cromwell in defeating an army made up mainly
of Highlanders, had an effect not only on the history of Great Britain,
but also of North America.
were killed at Worcester supporting the Stuart Cause, and in memory
of them and of the rest of the 3000Scots who died, a dedication
ceremony was held at 11.00am on Sunday 2nd September 2001 at the
old Powick Bridge Battle Site at Worcester.
A two ton block
of Scottish Granite, suitably inscribed, was unveiled by Tam Dalyell
MP, whose ancestor, also called Tam fought at Worcester, and subsequently
raised The Royal Scots Greys.
service was conducted by the local Minister, who introduced the
very moving service with the words 'We gather here to commemorate
the Battle of Worcester, 350 years ago, to honour the Scots who
died in that battle far from their homes, and in their memory to
dedicate a fitting memorial near the places where they lie buried.
'The service ended with a lone piper playing the 'Flowers of the
also remembered the 2000 Scottish prisoners who were sent as forced
labour to North America in 1652. The infusion of Scottish blood
into the New England and Virginian population was to provide the
United States with a very rich genetic base for their further development.
Although the transportation of prisoners was a catastrophe for them
at the time, undoubtedly, it has been to the benefit of the USA
and to the world.
The whole idea
for this Worcester event was the brainchild of Mr John S B Bennett,
who was our host, and whose farming family have for many years been
the owners of the land on which this final battle of the Civil War
took place. He had invited Chief John, who had a previous engagement
in Scotland, and John then asked Iain Breac and I to represent him.
John Bennett arranged for the Sealed Knot Society to re enact the
Battle, and to illustrate the brave fight put up by the Highland
Army, and Breac and I watched this wonderfully staged battle, cheered
on the Scots, and waved our MacLeod flags on the Saturday afternoon,
this we attended the Guildhall Caledonian Banquet, and sat at the
Mayor's Table representing the MacLeod Clan. Other Clan Chiefs who
were represented included the Mackenzies, MacGreggors, and Ross's.
The event had been widely advertised on the Internet at www.battleofworcester.co.uk
and guests came from all over Britain, as well as clansmen and women
from overseas from San Diego, Salt Lake City, New Zealand, France
The Mayor of
Worcester, Councillor David K Clark, was our host for the Banquet,
and he presented each of the Guests of Honour with beautifully engraved
glass plaques with their names on. As a glass engraver by profession
the Mayor had made these himself. Breac was so pleased and honoured
with his gift, which he felt he was receiving on behalf of Chief
John and all members of Clan MacLeod. The Mayor and Lady Mayoress
were enthusiastic Scottish dancers for the Scottish Country Dancing
that took place later in the Lower Hall. The Banquet itself took
place in the magnificent Banqueting Hall, where we were surrounded
by superb oil paintings of the Kings and Queens of England and Scotland,
and on the staircase by portraits of previous Mayors (John Bennett's
father was Mayor of Worcester when Sir Winston Churchill received
the Freedom of the City in 1951).
Clan MacLeod Society of England members (Ewan, President, Breac
and Elizabeth, Ian of Raasay, Bob from Malvern, Sam from Milton
Keynes, and James McCrimmon from Essex) met at 10 .30 am on the
Saturday at The Commandery, near the Cathedral and the famous Bridge
in the very centre of the City. This was where the Duke of Hamilton,
Commander of the Stuart Army, had his headquarters, and where there
is an excellent permanent exhibition of Civil War memorabilia. We
saw the room where the Duke 'breathed his last' one week after the
Battle due to gangrene in his leg. We wandered about the Commandery
Gardens where the Sealed Knot Living History Group demonstrated
the life styles of the period in full costumes. They had pitched
camp both here and at Bennett's Farm Park, where they played the
parts of some very realistic 'camp followers' during the battle
2 day visit to Worcester was one of the many enjoyable perks that
I have had over the years being married to a MacLeod. Sadly, if
I had been married to a MacLeod in 1651, I might not have been so
Wife of Iain Breac MacLeod of Bay Gillen and Varkasaig
(past President of Clan MacLeod Society of England)
3rd Sept 2001
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