Lady Anne Mackintosh

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Maiden name: Farquharson; known as ‘Colonel Anne’
Born 1723, died 2 March 1787

Anne Farquharson was the daughter of Margaret Murray, and John Farquharson of Invercauld. Her husband, Aeneas (Angus), whom she married in 1741, was chief of the clan Mackintosh and a captain in the Black Watch regiment.

She was 22 years old at the time of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. While her husband was away on military service, his wife raised his relatives and tenants in support of Prince Charles Edward Stewart. She handed over command of the 300-strong Lady Mackintosh’s Regiment to her husband’s cousin, Alexander MacGillivray of Dunmaglass.

In February 1746, while giving hospitality to Prince Charles Edward Stewart and his retinue at Moy Hall, Inverness-shire, she assisted in the Rout of Moy, a ruse which pitted five men against 1,500. Government commander Lord Loudon, bent on seizing the Prince, was fooled into retreating, believing that his men were facing a large force.

Tradition has it that Anne Mackintosh’s greeting to her husband when he was captured by the Jacobites and given into her custody in February 1746 was a polite, ‘Your servant, Captain’. He is alleged to have replied, ‘Your servant, Colonel,’ acknowledging the nickname which her raising of the clan had earned her.

After the Jacobite defeat at Culloden in April 1746, she was arrested and detained in Inverness for six weeks, then released without charge into her husband’s custody. Following his death in 1770, she moved to the Lowlands.

The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Based on an entry by Maggie Craig
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography