1716 - many Jacobite Highlanders begin to
emigrating to America and Canada.
1716 - 6 Government Regiments were set up to
keep peace in the Highlands. These were mainly
made up of men from Clan Campbell, Clan Fraser
of Lovat, Clan Munro, and Clan Grant. These
Regiments became known as the Black Watch.
1727 - George I died with his son George II
becoming King of Great Britain.
1727 - a large fort was built in Inverness
named Fort George.
1745 - Charles Edward Stuart / Bonnie Prince
Charlie travels from exile in France in an
attempt to overthrow George II. Charles had the
backing of many Highland Clans, and the French
were supporting him as they were keen to have a
Catholic King of Great Britain, so as to end
the long running wars between England and
1745 - Jacobite's capture Fort George.
1746 - as Government forces began regaining
control of Scotland, the Jacobite's blew up
Fort George so it could not be used by
1746 April - the Battle of
Culloden ends with the Jacobite's defeated
for the final time, last major battle on the
1746 - new laws were introduced to have all
weapons handed in to Government forces, and the
wearing of kilts and tartan was prohibited.
This leads to more migration to America and
1748 - work begins on the new Fort George,
12 miles northeast of Inverness.
1765 - the War for American independence
from Great Britain begins.
1769 - the new Fort George is completed with
the Black Watch Regiment based there to control
1760s - new land laws were introduced that
led to many Highlanders being forced off their
land, leading to increased migration to
America. Landowners then began using the land
for large scale sheep, cattle and crop
1783 - America gains Independence from Great
1787 - Britain begins transporting criminals
to Australia. These people could be sent to
Australia for minor crimes, an easy way to get
rid of anyone seen as trouble for the
Government. Many Clansmen were deported to
Australia for sheep stealing or cattle
1846 - potato blight led to a shortage of
food in the West Highlands of Scotland, leading
to many Highlanders moving south to the
1881 - the Seaforth Highlanders are based at
1961 - the Queen's Own Highlanders are based
at Fort George.
2007 - the Black Watch is moved from their
base in Belfast to Fort George.
Today, outside the larger towns, the
Highlands of Scotland are a vast wilderness
with the ruins of small buildings, all that
remains of the many families that once lived