This evening, my theme is the Battle of Dunkeld. This took place on August 21st 1689 and could be viewed as a ‘sequel’ to the close-by Battle of Killiecrankie on July 27th 1689. The catalyst for these battles was the rejection of the Catholic leaning James VII/James II by the British establishment and replacement by the Protestants William and Mary in 1688. However, James still retained a loyal following, particularly in the Highlands, with such supporters known as Jacobites (Latin for James).

The Jacobites prevailed over the Government at Killiecrankie but lost their inspirational commander, Dundee. At Dunkeld the Jacobites were led by Colonel Cannon and the Government forces by Lt-Colonel Cleland. Read more on Battle of Dunkeld 1689…