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By John McDonell

The republication of the memoirs of Colonel John McDonell of Scottas (1728-1810) might be welcomed by means of Highlanders internationally. Neither romantic novel nor realized background can conjure up for us so vividly as this unashamedly prejudiced eyewitness account of the ambience of the aftermath of "the '45," the fierce loyalties and sour hatreds, the excessive rules and barefaced villainy. We meet the ineffectual Stuart King, the saintly Duke of York, the unspeakable Captain Fergusson and plenty of a minor personality, each one taking part in his half within the lengthy drawn out British struggle of Succession and the demise throes of Celtic society.

The monograph lines John McDonell's tale from his adventurous trip from Scotland to Rome on the age of 12 to his emigration to North the United States thirty-three years later.

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On coming to myself again I found my clothes were stripped off, weltering in my blood and no one alive near me to speak to - twisting and rolling in the dust with pain, and my skin scorched by the sun. In this condition a Croat came up to me with a cocked pistol in his hand, asked for my purse in bad Italian. I told him that I had no place to hide it in, and if he found it any where about me, to take it. "Is that an answer for me you son of a b— ch," at the same time pointing his pistol straight between my eyes.

I called the Captain of the Privateer; who, when he observed the Ship, ordered all sails to be set without any noise, so as to get clear before being seen, when that was affected we steered round by the Orkneys and made for Loch Broom. I got there the dismal news, that the battle of Culloden had been fought and lost the very day we sailed from Dunkirk, 16th 34 Return to Scotland April, 1746, that many of my relations kindred and clansmen were killed; amongst the rest my uncle Scottos Donald M'Donell ( 16 ), and that the Highlanders were all dispersed, and no body knew what was become of the Prince Charles Edward.

I had reason to believe spoke a great deal in my favour by the flattering reception I met with everywhere. I left Rome once more in company with his Excellency, and rejoined our army at the town of Spoletto, where in a few days afterwards I saw a dreadful example of discipline. The enemy being pressed upon by us in their retreat, left a thousand men, all deserters from our army at different times, which they had formed into a Regiment, and put to guard a strong pass in their rear called Nocera, a town in the patrimony of St.

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