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Curtain returns to prince's base

Matthew Donnachie
Matthew Donnachie bought the curtains at auction

A length of tartan curtain is to return to the house where Bonnie Prince Charlie caught a few hours sleep before the Battle of Culloden.

The drapes from a bedroom of Culloden House, near Inverness, were bought in a Bonhams auction by Matthew Donnachie, a member of A Circle of Gentlemen.

One curtain was framed and was to be presented to the house on Saturday.

Mr Donnachie and other circle members took part in a re-enactment of the Jacobite night march of 15 April, 1746.

Now a hotel, Culloden House was requisitioned by Prince Charlie as his headquarters as his followers gathered around Inverness.

Red coats

The circle takes its name from a secret society in Edinburgh that remained loyal to the Young Pretender after the Jacobites' defeat at Culloden and continued to meet late into the 18th Century.

Mr Donnachie, from Nairn, was alerted to the sale by Mike Corby, another circle member and founding member of the 1970s band The Babys.

The framed curtain was to be presented during an event the group holds each year called the Culloden Lament

Mr Donnachie said: "The curtains would have been the first thing the prince set eyes on when he was awoken by the sound of the bagpipes warning of the approaching red coats."



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