IF there is one topic on which we as Scots should be united, it is the conservation of a place as sacred and important to our history and sense of being as Culloden battlefield.

That there is even a proposal to build on this ground is offensive, but having visited the “information centre” on the field run by the National Trust, it is not surprising.

On a recent visit I was left with a sense of outrage at how this organisation has twisted history and denied the genocide that followed. The tour guide’s claim that only a few people were killed in the surrounding areas and that the wounded were merely denied medical aid was vile. No mention of the rape and murder that followed the battle, no mention of the Dragon being raised or the wounded being flung into the human fire pits.

Certainly no mention of the Highland Clearances, or that for a century following Scottish soldiers would return from serving the Union to find their families ethnically cleansed from their homelands.

This building proposal is nothing short of a plot by a fanatical Unionist council to destroy and deny Scotland’s history. It must be fought at every cost, and the near silence of the Scottish Government is worrying in the extreme. If Salmond can give Donald Trump the heave-ho over windmills, why has Nicola Sturgeon not stepped in here?

As a lifelong independence supporter and paid-up member if the SNP for decades, this is the first time I have doubted our leaders' veracity. I implore our Scottish Parliament to step in and stop this hideous insult against our nation before yet more of our history is obliterated.

Rory Bulloch

MY heart leapt for joy at the discussion in yesterday’s pages 26-27 (Letters, April 6). Firstly, What a joy it will be to have all the power to develop our own social and economic systems. What satisfaction our leaders will have making Scotland a country people want to live in.

One example is Scottish education – this has benefited other countries around the world as highly qualified people have used the Scottish system and moved to improve their limited choices. This may take generations to benefit all of Scotland’s people.

Secondly, I feel the Scottish Government is like a boxer who has had to learn how to kick-box because both hands have been tied behind their back. Naturally attracting mockery because its starting position is on the bones of its arse.

People must realise that currently our votes have one-tenth the power of Westminster votes. However, when the Scottish Government becomes Scotland’s only government then our votes will have full power to change what we don’t like. What’s not to like? Let’s get together to free the boxer’s arms and gain all the powers we need for the people of Scotland.

Jonathan Arnot

JAMIE Noble (Website comments, April 5) expects “London to start sucking the life out of the finance sector up here”.

I fear this has already started. The RBS Six Nations quietly became the NatWest Six Nations. In the ring-fencing restructuring of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group the casino bank is now NatWest Markets Plc registered in London, and the retail banks, including RBS itself, are now subsidiaries of NatWest Holdings plc, also registered in London.

How long will it be before the group is renamed NatWest Group plc and re-registered in London, leaving 36 St Andrew Square to become yet another posh pub?

Jim Clark

IN response to my letter of April 3, WJ Graham (Letters, April 5) writes: “Actually, religion and politics are the same thing.” He then lists a number of wars and conflicts, suggesting they were politically motivated. Eh, didn’t you just state that religion and politics are the same thing?

He then defends Jesus as a critic of religious leaders of that time, saying: “Jesus did not create religion, people did”. The Bible is a work of fiction akin to Lord Of The Rings, The Chronicles Of Narnia, and Harry Potter. It is full of stories of characters who said God told them to go to war.

Anne Smart
Milton Of Campsie

MY mother went to Glasgow University when she was just 16 years old in 1929. When I was a wee boy she often spoke to me, in glowing terms, about Professor Bowman, who lectured in moral philosophy. She would repeat things he had said, and her experience of his work left her with indelible and powerful memories. The name of Professor Bowman also left images in my own young mind of someone who excelled and who had an elevated grasp of many of the secrets of this life.

Reading Martin Hannan’s article (Letters tell a poignant Scottish wartime story, April 6) brought all these memories back and filled in so many gaps about the life of a quite exceptional Scotsman.

Alasdair Forbes