Child's Wooden Chair

Contributed by Highland Folk Museum

Wooden child's chair c Highland Folk Museum

Chair said to have belonged to Donald Fraser who thwarted attempts to seize Bonnie Prince Charlie prior to Culloden.This small 1700s vernacular chair, simply fashioned from naturally bent timers, originates from Inverness-shire, where it once belonged to the Fraser family of Strathdearn. In the 1940s it was implied that the chair belonged to Donald Fraser, family member and blacksmith at Moy. Fraser was noted for ingeniously routing troops belonging to Lord Louden as they attempted to seize Bonnie Prince Charlie at Moy Castle in 1746, prior to the battle of Culloden. Fraser along with five comrades strategically created the impression that when they shouted and fired their weapons that they were a substantial body of men. The troops, caught unawares and confused, took flight after several people were killed, including the Laird of Macleod's piper. The chair, whether the association is true or not, also represents the significance of the collecting done by Isobel F. Grant, as she founded the Highland Folk Museum in 1944, the first mainland UK open-air museum.

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  • 1. At 04:32 on 12 September 2010, Douglas Maclane wrote:

    My log in name is Douglas Maclane, but my real name (my American name) is Douglas Story(Doug) (I chose a Scotch sounding name for the purpose of attempting to fit in with my kinsmen across the pond).
    Anyway, Ancestrally, my line goes back to Clan Maclane of Loch Buie and Moy Castle.
    I had NO idea that my ancestral line had so much to do with the history that I've only read about and seen in movies (the fiction of "Braveheart" notwithstanding).

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