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Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish Pay Tribute To The Battle Of Culloden On The 'Men In Kilts' Finale

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Sam Heughan & Graham McTavish Pay Tribute To The Battle Of Culloden On The 'Men In Kilts' Finale

The battle that changed Scotland forever — the Battle of Culloden — has been immortalized through songs and stories far beyond Outlander. And for their Men in Kilts Season 1 finale, Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish got to pay their own homage to it. Though Jamie had fought in the historical battle on Outlander (Dougal... not so much), Heughan and McTavish on Men in Kilts visited the actual site of the Battle of Culloden for a moving tribute to their homeland.

In "Culloden: Scotland's Most Infamous Battle," McTavish called Culloden a "sacred place." To that point, the location is a war memorial. So when Outlander filmed the battle for the Season 3 premiere, the BBC reported the show didn't actually film on Culloden Moor but instead on a field in Greengairs, not far from Glasgow.

For their informative Men in Kilts finale, Heughan and McTavish didn't have those restrictions. They met with Catriona McIntosh, a historian for the Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre, at the site, which (when not under COVID-19 restrictions) is open to the public. They stood outside Leanach Cottage, which served as a field hospital for the British soldiers, and visited the Jacobite frontline.

To honor their Highlander ancestors, Heughan and McTavish put on kilts and recreated the "Highland Charge" that Prince Charles Edward Stuart's army had done. Holding the weapons they had gotten from Iain Bowden and Jim Elliot (the armorers for Outlander) and complete with a pipes and drum band, they ran the 300 yards to where the Duke of Cumberland's British army had stood. Unfortunately, on that day 275 years ago, the British deftly defeated the charging Highlanders with a new strategy.

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