April 16, 1746 was the final battle of the Jacobite “rising of 1745”, So posting this early April
Gillies MacBain, (id#kmm-MMB.jaab!10) is my 7th great-uncle, who was killed on 16 April 1746, at Culloden Battlefield in Scotland. Wounded, he stood defending a break in the turf wall, and killed 13 before he died.
The family is sometimes called MacBean, MacBane, MacBain, McBean, etc. and clan is sometimes called MacBean or MacBain, but i have also found it as Clan Vean.
He and Anne his sister (my 6th great-grandmother) were children of the chief of the clan.
this poem about GILLIES MACBAlN is sometimes incorrectly said to be written by Lord Byron, but Mabou Pioneers (Volume 1 page 88, published 1977) attributes poem to M.E.M. Donaldson in “Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands”.
- “The clouds may pour down on Culloden’s red plain,
- But their waters shall flow o’er its crimson in vain,
- For their drops shall seem few to the tears for the slain,
- But mine are for thee, my brave Gillies MacBain!
- “Though thy cause was the cause of the injured and brave;
- Though thy death was the hero’s and glorious thy grave,
- My sad heart bleeds o’re thee, my Gillies MacBain!
- “How the horse and the horseman thy single hand slew!
- But what could the mightiest single arm do?
- A hundred like thee might the battle regain;
- But cold are thy hand and heart, Gillies MacBain!
- “With thy back to the wall and thy breast to the targe,
- Full flashed thy claymore in the face of their charge:
- The blood of their boldest that barren turf stain,
- But, Alas! Thine is reddest thee, Gillies MacBain!
- “Hewn down, but still battling, thou sunk’st on the ground –
- Thy plaid was one gore, and thy breast was one wound;
- Thirteen of thy foes by thy right hand lay slain
- Oh! Would they were thousands for Gillies MacBain!
- “Oh! Loud and long heard shall thy coronach be,
- And high o’er the heather thy cairn we shall see;
- And deep in all bosoms thy name shall remain
- But deepest in mine, dearest Gillies MacBain!
- “And daily the eyes of thy brave boy before
- Shall thy plaid be unfolded, unsheathed the claymore;
- And the white rose shall bloom on his bonnet again
- Should he prove the true son of my Gillies MacBain!”
Father of Gillies MacBain kmm-MMB.jaab!10
Daughter of Aeneas “Angus” 14th Chief of Clan MacBean kmm-MMB.jaaa.11
Daughter of Anne MacBain McBean kmm-MMB.jaaa!10
Son of Mary MMB Beaton kmm-MMB.eaaa!08
Son of James McNeel kmm-MM.aaaa!07
Son of William McNeel kmm-M.aaaa!06
Daughter of Robert McNeel kmm.aaaa!05020
Daughter of Georgie Pearl McNeel km.aaaa!04
index for Family History at https://truthfulkindness.com/about/life-other/family-history-index/ .
Tags: Culloden, Gillies McBain, MacBain, MacBean, McNeel