This evening, my theme is the Battle of Killiecrankie which took place north of Dunkeld, central Scotland, in and around the pass of Killiecrankie, a narrow and treacherous valley through which flows the River Garry.

This battle has its origins in the enforced abdication in 1688 of the Catholic leaning King James VII of Scotland/King James II of Scotland and his replacement by the Protestants, William and Mary from Holland. However, there remained a body of support for James in Scotland, collectively known as Jacobites (Jacob is Latin for James).

Two armies were facing up to eacxh other: the Jacobites under ‘Bonnie Dundee’ had a force of about 2500 Highlanders whilst the Government forces under Mackay totalled some 4000.

On July 27th, Mackay’s army navigated through the pass and deployed at Urrard House. Dundee’s forces attacked over the high ground from the direction of Blair Castle. The high ground gave the Jacobites advantage with Mackay’s forces strung out with high ground at front and the fast flowing Garry to the rear. Dundee ordered the charge at 8.00pm.

The Jacobites attack was successful on the left and triggered a fighting withdrawal (flight?) by Government forces. However, the Jacobites suffered losses of about 600 plus Sir Donald MacDonald of Sleat and the army chief, Bonnie Dundee.

River Garry at Killiecrankie

Soldiers leap at Killiecrankie

Elsewhere today, I have been busy as usual:

  • Put finishing touches to self-drive tour of Scotland and Ireland for a couple of visitors from Canada.
  • Worked on details of an upcoming private tour of Scotland and Ireland for guests from the U.S.
  • Responded to enquiry for an eagle watching tour of Skye for 2011.
  • Posted information on Hay family history to my Glasgow Ancestry blog.
  • Have two tours in process: one group has just arrived in Glasgow in readiness for a private tour next week and another small group tour reaches York in northern England this evening.

Weather here is Glasgow has been cool but dry.