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THE CHEVALIEB JOHNSTONE'S ESCAPE FROM CULLODEN HTHE Chevalier
Johnstone (or de Johnstone, as he preferred to J- call himself) was
closely connected with the Highland army, hastily collected in 1745
for the purpose of restoring Charles Edward to his grandfather's
throne. He was aide-de-camp to Lord George Murray, Generalissimo to
the little force, and seems to have known enough of warfare to be
capable of appreciating his commander's skill. He was also a
captain in the regiment of the Duke of Perth, and later, when the
petals of the White Rose were trampled under foot, he became an
officer in the French service. From his position, therefore, he was
peculiarly fitted to tell the tale of those two eventful years,
1745 and 1746. Though only the son of a merchant, Johnstone was
well connected, and, like many Scottish gentlemen of that day, had
been bred in loyalty to the Jacobite cause. He was one of the first
to join the Prince when he had reached Perth, and it was from the
Prince himself that he received his company, after the fight at
Prestonpans. His life was all romance, but the part on which it is
our present purpose to dwell is the account he has left in his
memoirs of his escape from the field of Culloden, and the terrible
sufferings he went through for some months, till he finally made
his way safely to Holland. 'The battle of Culloden,' he says,' '
was lost rather by a series of mistakes on our part than by any
skilful manceuvre of the Duke of Cumberland,' and every Scot in
arms knew too well the doom that awaited him at the ' Butcher's'
hands. The half-starved Highlanders were no match for the well-fed
English troops, and when the day was lost, and the rout became
general, each man sought to conceal himself in the fastnesses of
the nearest mountains, and, as...
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