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Buy-a-slab appeal for battlefield
A flag at Culloden Battlefield
The National Trust for Scotland is also restoring the battlefield
Stone slabs which will form a walkway to the new Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre are being sold to raise funds for the building.

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is selling them as part of a wide-ranging strategy to meet the cost of the 8m centre.

The trust is also to restore the site of the last major battle on British soil to its condition in 1746.

NTS has been trying to plug a 1.65m funding shortfall.

The slabs, which the trust is offering to engrave, cost 75 each.

Culloden project co-ordinator Alexander Bennett said: "One of the features of the new centre is a walkway of Caithness stone slabs.

"We're offering people the chance to buy these stones and have their name engraved on them.

"It could be an unusual Christmas present and a way to become a permanent and enduring part of what is a unique and iconic place for many people."

Exiled dynasty

Earlier this year, NTS said it intended to seek donations from supporters in the US for the centre.

It had launched an appeal to its members in search of 1,000 donors who wished to give 500 each towards the project.

The trust has been trying to ensure the completion of the building in time for the 2007 Highland Year of Culture.

The battle took place on 16 April, 1746 and effectively ended Jacobite hopes of restoring the exiled Stuart dynasty to the throne of Britain.

The army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart was crushed in less than an hour by government forces led by the Duke of Cumberland.


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