In November 1956 Oxford geology student Peter Zinovieff and his half-brother Patrick Skipwitch were camping in the south of the island of Skye, in the Cuillin Hills. At approximately three o’clock in the morning Peter heard some strange noises and saw, outside the tent, many kilted Highianders charging across the stony ground. He woke Patrick who confirmed the sighting; both of them were frightened.
The following night they were camping a little higher in the hills and deliberately staying awake to see Fights and Battles whether or not the spectral army would return. It did not and they fell asleep. However, at 4 a.m. they were awakened by the same noises and saw the Highianders stumbling across the boulders, perhaps in retreat, and looking half dead.
The follow ing morning they told their story to a Mr Ian Campbell at Sligachan Hotel, on the coast near Loch Sligachan; he told them that he had heard of such reports before and believed the soldiers to be ghosts from either the thirteenth century or ‘the 1745 Jacobite rebellion’. The Jacobite Rebellion was led by ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ to restore the Stuarts to the Scottish throne, though it failed, leaving Charles running ‘over the sea to Skye’. 123 India | Italy | Kineton Fight | Naseby | Northumberland | Warwickshire |
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