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A Song for Prince Charlie (clip)

Emotive film recalling the fall of the ill-fated Prince

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An account of Bonnie Prince Charlie's flight after the Battle of Culloden set against a musical backdrop and stunning images of the Scottish countryside. The film was sponsored by The Drambuie Liqueur Company. This clip features shots of Culloden moor with a stag and highland cattle; the memorial stone at Culloden; views of the West Islands and Isle of Skye intercut with a portrait of Flora McDonald. The soundtrack features the 'Skye Boat Song'. There are shots of an actor, portraying Prince Charlie, writing down the secret ingredients of his royal liqueur Drambuie for his companion, McKinnon.

Questions & Activities


  • Who was Bonnie Prince Charlie and what part did he play in history?
  • Stop the film before the end and ask: who made this film and why?
  • Where did Prince Charlie escape to?
  • Why did Prince Charlie have to flee Scotland?
  • What was the Stuart Rising of 1745?
  • Do you think this an accurate representation of Scotland? Why?


Write a letter from Prince Charlie to his love, Flora MacDonald.

How does this film compare to modern advertising (especially advertising of alcohol)?

Create a new film, advert, poster or leaflet to promote Scotland.

Choose another iconic image of Scotland and make an advert to promote it.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-293-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2256
Date 1745 (the Jacobites)1959 (film)
Genre Documentary, Sponsored
School Subject English, Art and Design, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing
Subject Matter History: the Jacobites, Advertising
Who Anvil Films (producer), Drambuie Liqueur Company (sponsor), Films of Scotland (sponsor)
Where Culloden, Skye
Event Battle of Culloden
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 4:31
Film Length 18:00