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Major / Captain Gillies MacBain

Male (1703 ABT) - 1746

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  • Name Gillies MacBain 
    Title Major / Captain 
    Born (1703 ABT)  Kinchyle, , Inverness, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Physical Description Tall man 6'7'' 
    Physical Description Tall man 6'7'' 
    Occupation Captain in the Mackintosh Regiment 
    Occupation Captain in the Mackintosh Regiment 
    Died 16 Apr 1746  Culloden, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Cause: Injuries received at the Battle of Culloden 
    Person ID I432  gearingillis
    Last Modified 10 Nov 2006 

    Father unknown MacBain 
    Family ID F128  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

     1. Donald MacBain
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2006 
    Family ID F129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Gillies Mac-bean/bain
    Gillies Mac-bean/bain

  • Notes 
    • He was a captain in the Mackintosh Regiment at Culloden killed 14 Hanovarian soldiers before being cut down by the cavalry. He was an unusually tall man, of 6'7". An opening was discovered in a wall and Gillies stepped in and filled the breach. He then killed the Hanovarians (Dragoons), before being killed himself.

      Link is a pic of the battle with Gillies as the central figure.

      Lord Byron wrote:

      "The clouds may pour down on Culloden's red plain,
      But their waters shall flow o'er its crimson in vain,
      For their drops shall seem few to the tears for the slain,
      But mine are for thee, my brave Gillies MacBain!
      "Though thy cause was the cause of the injured and brave;
      Though thy death was the hero's and glorious thy grave,
      My sad heart bleeds o're thee, my Gillies MacBain!
      "How the horse and the horseman thy single hand slew!
      But what could the mightiest single arm do?
      A hundred like thee might the battle regain;
      But cold are thy hand and heart, Gillies MacBain!
      "With thy back to the wall and thy breast to the targe,
      Full flashed thy claymore in the face of their charge:
      The blood of their boldest that barren turf stain,
      But, Alas! Thine is reddest thee, Gillies MacBain!
      "Hewn down, but still battling, thou sunk'st on the ground -
      Thy plaid was one gore, and thy breast was one wound;
      Thirteen of thy foes by thy right hand lay slain
      Oh! Would they were thousands for Gillies MacBain!
      "Oh! Loud and long heard shall thy coronach be,
      And high o'er the heather thy cairn we shall see;
      And deep in all bosoms thy name shall remain
      But deepest in mine, dearest Gillies MacBain!
      "And daily the eyes of thy brave boy before
      Shall thy plaid be unfolded, unsheathed the claymore;
      And the white rose shall bloom on his bonnet again
      Should he prove the true son of my Gillies MacBain!" [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] clanmacbean.net/hero, Clan MacBean, (http://www.clanmacbean.net/hero.html).

    2. [S12] highlanderweb.co.uk/bloody/culloden/bloody4, highlanderweb.co.uk, (http://www.highlanderweb.co.uk/bloody/culloden/bloody4.htm).