Good morning ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the blog about Anne Farquharson! Anne is a personal favourite, because I am deeply enthralled by Jacobean era. Why? Because of writers like Diana Gabaldon and Janet Paisley. So who was Anne Farquharson?
Anne was a Jacobean married to Angus MacKintosh, chief of MacKintosh Clan. Anne hailed from Invercauld, Scotland born in 1723. Early in 1744 Angus was offered one of three new Independent Companies being raised by Lord Loudon (John Campbell). Anne, dressed in male attire, rode around the glens and, in a very short time, enlisted 97 of the 100 men required for the captaincy. During the 1745 Jacobite Uprising, Angus’ company fought with Lord Loudon’s government forces, aka. the Black Watch, in the Highlands.
However when Teàrlach (Prince Charles [Charlie] Edward Stuart)landed on the shores of Scotland in 1745 with a French army. Anne rode out along the clans, against her husband’s wishes, and raise an army of 400 men to take to Teàrlach. As women could not lead a regiment of men, the command was split between Anne and her supposed lover, Alexander MacGillivray of Dunmaglass. Anne’s regiment joined the Prince’s army at Bannockburn, near Stirling Castle, in January 1746, 12 days before the Battle of Falkirk.
A month later the Prince was staying at Moy Hall, Lady Anne’s home. She received a message from her mother-in-law that 1,500 of Lord Loudon’s men, including Angus’ company stationed 8-12 miles away in Inverness, were planning a night raid on Moy hall to snatch Teàrlach and claim the £30,000 bounty. Anne sent five of her staff out with guns to crash about and shout clan battle cries to trick the Government forces into thinking they were about to face the entire Jacobite army. The ploy worked and the Government force fled. The event became known as The Rout of Moy.
The next month Angus and 300 of Loudon’s men were captured north of Inverness. The Prince paroled Captain Mackintosh into the custody of his wife, Lady Anne, commenting “he could not be in better security, or more honourably treated.” She famously greeted him with the words, “Your servant, captain” to which he replied, “your servant, colonel” thereby giving her the nickname “Colonel Anne”. She was also called La Belle Rebelle (the beautiful rebel) by the Prince himself. (sidenote: Anne was the inspiration to my Twitter name.)
After the Battle of Culloden, Lady Anne was arrested and turned over to the care of her mother-in-law for a time. She later met the Duke of Cumberland at a social event in London with Angus. He asked her to dance to a pro-Government tune and she returned the favour by asking him to dance to a Jacobean tune. She died in 1787.