Robert Bain wrote:
"The MacBeans were ever a war-like clan, and at the Battle of Culloden, Gillies MacBean, filling a breach in a wall, killed fourteen of the Hanoverian side before he fell.
"His feat was almost emulated over a century later by Major- General William MacBean, who enlisted in the 93rd Regiment as a private, and rose to the command of the regiment in 1873. He gained the V.C. for attacking and killing single- handed eleven of the enemy in the main breach at the Begum Bagh at Lucknow in 1858.
[The Clans and Tartans of Scotland, 1938]