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At the battle of Sherriffmuir, when Mar in his usual fashion dithered and prevaricated instead of swooping down on Argyll and winning the battle instead of allowing Argyll to re-form and march away safely, Glenbucket was heard to groan: "Oh, for an hour of Dundee!". At the end of the 15, Gordon of Huntly took his contingent including Glenbucket and Gordon of Aboyne to give himself up to the Government represented by General Carpenter, which finally resulted in their reprieve.

The debacle of the 15 tempted even the staunchest Jacobite to come to terms with the Hanoverians. One of the most startling examples for this was Gordon of Glenbucket who as a boy of sixteen had fought at Killiecrankie, as a man of forty-two at Sherriffmuir and as an old man of seventy-two played an active role in the 45 from the first stirrings in Moidart to the final defeat at Culloden. He was the laird of the tiny estate of Glenbucket in Aberdeenshire near the Banffshire boundary. However, as bailie to the Duke of Gordon he was vastly more influential than the mere size of his property suggests and he has often been regarded as an example of a single-minded paladin of the cause of the exiled Stewarts. In fact, for a very substantial part between the 15 and the 45 he was a Hanoverian agent, being particularly thick with General Carpenter who secured his release from imprisonment in Carlisle in 1716 and who received regular reports from him during the 19 when the Jacobite commander, the Marquis of Tullibardine in vain hoped Glenbucket would rally again to the standard.

In 1739 an association was formed thanks to the activities of Glenbucket. In his old age, he seems to have reverted to his underlying Jacobitism which probably still existed in the years when he was saving his skin by trafficking with the Hanoverians. In 1737 he sold his tiny property of Glenbucket for £700 and by 1738 he was with the Pretender in Rome with a demand for the Royal Presence in Scotland, but having failed in Paris on the way to sell the idea of a Franco-Jacobite invasion of Britain to Cardinal Fleury. Though scarcely even a laird, he was an impressive personality and his three daughters were married to significant highland chiefs: Forbes of Skellater, Macdonald of Glengarry, and Macdonnel of Lochgarry. In 1739, more or less as a result of Glenbucket's journey to Rome, a group of Jacobites formed an association to forward the cause. The Associators, as they were known, were a curious crew, being the Duke of Perth (described as "a foolish horse-racing boy), his uncle Lord John Drummond of Fairntoun; Donald Campbell the younger of Lochiel; his uncle Sir John Campbell of Auchenbreck (a rarity among Campbell lairds for his Jacobitism as also for his maybe not unconnected "desperate fortune and little interest"); the Earl of Traquair; his brother the Honourable James Stewart and Simon Fraser Lord Lovat.

From the filming of Culloden for the National Trust

In the 45, Glenbucket led 300 men for Charles. According to some sources, Glenbucket might just have made it to Prestonpans as he was a member of the official council consisting, amongst others, of the Duke of Perth, Lord George Murray, Lord Elcho, O'Sullivan etc. who met at Edinburgh after the battle and decided to stay there for the meantime. Yet other sources even state that Glenbucket with 150 of his men was with the Prince shortly before he set out to raise the standard at Glenfinnan on the 19th August 45 and that Glenbucket even brought the Prince news of the first Jacobite victory. I have managed to find references that Glenbucket actually survived and managed to escape from Culloden and gathered with others like Lovat, Lochiel, the MacDonnel chieftains etc. at the head of Loch Arkaig, hoping to re-launch the 45.