On the 16th April in 1746, the Jacobite army fought the final confrontation of the 1745 rising at the Battle of Culloden.
The rising, known as the ’45 Rebellion, was led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, who spent the months following Culloden on the run from government troops with a £30,000 bounty on his head.
The young prince spent two nights hiding out on Raasay under the protection of the Macleods of Raasay. Teàrlach Òg Stiùbhairt as he was known, is undoubtedly one of the most famous historical figures to ever set foot on Raasay.
The story goes that Slàinte Mhòr, one of the most popular Gaelic toasts, was in fact a Jacobite toast to the health of Marion. Mòr being Gaelic for Marion, the ‘kenning’ or secret name for the prince.
Join The Raasay Rising
In a nod to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time hiding out on Raasay, the first 45 whisky casks filled at our distillery are being released as part of the ‘Raasay Rising’. These historic American oak bourbon barrels were used to mature our lightly peated inaugural Isle of Raasay spirit that is now finishing maturation in Bordeaux red wine casks.