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Red Coat troop hunt draws a blank
Balloch Primary School pupils in costume at Culloden Battlefield
Balloch Primary School pupils in costume at Culloden
A search for youngsters with ancestors who fought on the government side at the Battle of Culloden has failed in its quest.

However, several families that can trace ancestors who were Jacobites at the clash of 1746 have been found.

The National Trust for Scotland Culloden Legacy Search ends next week.

Youngsters with family who fought at the last battle on British soil will be invited to officially open the trust's new visitor centre at the site.

More than a dozen children as young as six years old - from as far as Northern Ireland and Canada - have sent in their family trees, linking them to Jacobites.

The myth that the battle was a conflict between England and Scotland is still alive today
Alexander Bennett
National Trust for Scotland

The trust's Culloden project co-ordinator, Alexander Bennett, said the lack of people coming forward as descendants of government soldiers, or Red Coats, was not a surprise.

He said: "We always suspected that we'd receive more entries from descendants of the Jacobite troops, but we'd also love to hear from people whose family fought on the government side.

"The myth that the battle was a conflict between England and Scotland is still alive today.

"We know, however, that many Scots fought with the government troops and some families had members who fought on opposing sides, often against their will."

Battle anniversary

The new Culloden Battlefield centre was the largest construction scheme the trust has undertaken to date.

It features a special interactive exhibition following a real life character through the years of the Jacobite rebellion.

The centre should have opened on the anniversary of the battle last April but was hit by delays.

It finally opened its doors last December, but will be officially unveiled on 16 April.

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