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Ruthven Barracks
October 28, 2015, 9:43 am
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Ruthven 1Following the failed Jacobite rising in 1715, the British Government embarked on building four infantry barracks across the highlands to house troops outposted from the main forts at Fort George and Fort William.

Ruthven 2Ruthven Barracks was completed in 1721 on a prominent mound near Kingussie at a point where the military roads from Inverness, Perth and Fort Augustus came together. It housed 120 men and in 1734 a stable block was built behind it to accommodate 28 horses.

On the day following their defeat at Culloden in 1746, 3,000 Jacobites retreated to Ruthven where they received a message from Prince Charles Edward Stuart to disperse as their situation was hopeless. The departing Jacobites set fire to the barracks on 17 April 1746. Most of the interior was destroyed but the outer walls still stand today.

Ruthven 3


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