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Battle hunt finds Red Coat link

Red Coats in a BBC reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden
Red Coats fought on the government side at Culloden

The winners of a search for children with ancestors who fought at the Battle of Culloden have been announced.

One is the descendent of a soldier who served on the government side against the Jacobites, on 16 April 1746.

The National Trust for Scotland raised concern that no-one would be found with links to the Red Coat ranks.

Scott Hay, 11, from Kincraig and Philip Nicol, six, of Inverness, will have their names etched on a plaque at the new Culloden visitor centre.

Their prize will also see them help in officially opening the building on the battle's anniversary on Wednesday.

Philip is descended from both sides of the battle.

An examination of his family tree revealed three brothers of the Farquharson family of Allargue in Aberdeenshire, two of whom were officers with the Jacobite army, while their brother fought with the government troops.

Scott's family tree also impressed the judging panel.

His ancestor at Culloden was William Hay, from Glenbucket in Aberdeenshire, who fought under senior Jacobite Major General John Gordon of Glenbucket.

Hay was thought to have been present when Glenbucket's men met Bonnie Prince Charlie in Moidart, the day before he set out to raise his standard at Glenfinnan.

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