Last Words.

Thought I’d throw one last hook out to anyone who is in the area and perhaps interested in hearing an hour or so of Humanities porn:

Saturday, May 26th 7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Room 7052
1333 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame


The last land battle to be fought in Britain and widely considered the last gasp of the Highland clans, the Battle of Culloden in 1746 was the definitive end of the Jacobite Rebellions in Scotland. 260 years later, the field and its context are being renovated and reinterpreted by a broad network of historians and researchers. Drawing upon both visual and textual primary sources synthesized with the very newest scholarship on the battle, this seminar will explain what we once knew about Culloden versus what we now know, the myths and realities of the armies and their tactics, and exactly what the archaeologists are digging up on the moor.


Though it’s part of a larger conference, I have no compunctions about telling people that they don’t have to register to attend this particular event. Bring a pillow and a drool cup if you like, but be prepared to see lots of cool pictures of an 18th-century battlefield, archaeological artifacts galore, and more Hebridean sheep than you can shake a claymore at.

SEE with your own eyes a .75 musketball split in twain by the blade of a broadsword!

WATCH in awe as grave pits of Hanoverian soldiers are plotted and discussed!

THRILL at the loads of £££ that the National Trust for Scotland is pouring into the reinterpretation!

GUFFAW as I slander and prod archaeologists’ blatant hyperbole when faced with the glaring lights of the mass media!

And yet, I won’t blame you one bit for staying home. See you on the flip side…

29 Responses to “Last Words.”

  1. hermiston Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 2:13 am

    Chieftain, I wish you the best of luck for your presentation. I am indeed sorry that I cannot attend, but take comfort knowing that but a month from now Jacobite conference papers and battlefield drams await.

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Thank you for your confidence, dear man. You need not attend this one, as you'll be making a special guest appearance within the slides. And no, I'm not telling you just yet which bit of blackmail I have on you.

  3. steel_bonnet Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 3:29 am

    *Anything* that deflates Tony Pollard is worth it.
    I still love the programme on Bannckoburn he did where they claimed to have found an ancient battle axe and whiffled on and on about it being a historic first and it turned out to be a Land Rover spigot- oh how I chuckled! 🙂
    Just for Public Record- it wasn't me that broke his hand at the reenactment, but I wasn't stood too far away when it happened …

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:09 am

    That is terribly precious – I remember that bit on the news when it happened!
    We *must* get together in July and chat a bit about this subject more. I'd love to hear your input.

  5. steel_bonnet Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:40 am

    That'd be great-let me know when you are in town.
    I have put the promotion up at the forum and given Mr Seago the nod too.

  6. eskimolimon Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 4:38 am

    I'd go. Sounds very interesting.

  7. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:10 am

    I'll serve you some nice wine… 🙂

  8. nekkidboy Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 5:40 am

    There's a section of Sword Forum ( devoted to "Scottish and Borders History, Culture and Life" which is frequented by some of the most earnest Scots to have never set foot outwith the States. I could (or you could) cross post the ad there to drum up some very interested punters if you like.
    On a personal note, sounds fascinating – hope it goes well.

  9. steel_bonnet Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 7:59 am

    and features some of the least earnest Scots who actually live there 😉
    Dale Seago(who really is a professional Ninja!) who mods that forum lives in SF so he'd likely attend.

  10. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Ah! That would indeed be a good contact to have.

  11. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 9:49 am

    It's a kind offer, and while I wouldn't stop you from helping me advertise, I'm not entirely sure some of those boys would like parts of what they'd hear. Yet, bad publicity is still publicity. 🙂
    Thanks for your kind wishes on this.

  12. not_so_evil_now Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 7:33 am

    humanities pron?
    *drools* *explodes*
    Hope it all goes well!<small>1.</small>
    <small>1. which of course it will! :-D</small>

  13. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Re: humanities pron?
    At least wait until summer so I can wipe up your drool a bit. Less mess, you know.

  14. podle Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 9:44 am

    Rats, I want to go to this but have no way to get there (vegasjohnny is off doing a catering gig that day). Wishing you the best of luck – I'm sure it will go well.

  15. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Thanks much, honey. I thought you had build the Podle Bike Tunnel under the Bay last summer, but I guess I had confused you with another Podle.
    Another Podle!? *ducks*

  16. podle Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Another Podle?!
    If there is another Podle I have to go get my sword and behead them, there can be only one.
    (fyi – the sub-bay tunnel is item two after I build my volcano fortress)

  17. scotis_man Says:
    May 25th, 2007 at 10:30 am

    I *WILL* be there, and, hopefully, will have my lovely wife in tow. (Nanna has graciously offered me the BDay present of being a baby sitter.)

  18. jacesan Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 10:52 am

    I'm there…
    …or at least will be in a few hours. o_O

  19. hannah_henchman Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Were I closer, I'd show just to see the musketball…
    …and the sheep.
    As it is, break a leg. I'm sure you'll make the subject at LEAST as interesting as you do on LJ, so I doubt anyone will need a drool cup. 😉

  20. jacesan Says:
    May 26th, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    Interesting's an understatement.
    The musketball was downright fascinating. He made learning about Jacobitism interesting last year.

  21. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 29th, 2007 at 12:22 am

    Re: Interesting's an understatement.
    Dood, you're the best for continuing to come out for these talks and supporting the cause. Wish you'd stayed around after; I'd have loved to hear what's happening on your end of the Bay.

  22. jacesan Says:
    June 4th, 2007 at 9:26 am

    I couldn't join you afterwards. The friend I came with wanted to try and get a game of Gloom in before we left. I'm still nagging my group to make a road trip to your store. I'll get there sometime this summer. 🙂

  23. FunkyPlaid Says:
    May 29th, 2007 at 12:26 am

    You're an absolute dear. And just for this, you get a special sneak preview:
    <img src="; alt="Musketball">

  24. hannah_henchman Says:
    June 12th, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Whoa! How the hell…?
    That was done while that hunk of lead (it is lead, right?) was in motion?
    Baseball has changed a LOT in the last 250 years!

  25. Anonymous Says:
    May 31st, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    I'm distressed too, I'm sorry I couldn't make it! But I'm sure it was great (if you were talking, it was informative, entertaining, and aesthetically pleasant — what more can be asked?).
    A musket ball cut by a *broadsword*??! wow…Was that from a) the strength of the person wielding the sword, b) some random accident of physics, or c) durn gov'mint cut-rate musket balls? 😉
    Hope you celebrated your success afterward!

  26. Anonymous Says:
    May 31st, 2007 at 11:39 pm

    Oops, sorry — that was me.

  27. jacesan Says:
    June 4th, 2007 at 9:27 am

    I think the person being shot at just made an amazing saving throw. 😉

  28. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 11:15 am


  29. FunkyPlaid Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Hard to say 'cause I wasn't there when it happened. 🙂
    Was definitely a random accident of physics. Or *really* good aim on the part of the Government soldiers.

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