General Wade’s Military Roads of Scotland

George Wade

This gatepost, with half a link-light holder still in place, marks the entrance to the long-demolished house of General George Wade (1673–1748), the man who engineered 250 miles of military roads through the Highlands of Scotland.

These roads meant that the English army could move swiftly across the terrain, and led to the crushing of the Jacobite rebellion in 1715, and ultimately to the demise of the clan system. 

“Lord grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid Victory bring.
May he sedition hush,
And like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush.
God save the King!”