Sherriffmuir Battle Site 1715

Sherriffmuir Battle Site 1715

Today, I visited Sheriffmuir battle site, close to Stirling in central Scotland. This battle was fought on Nov 13th 1715 in weather and terrain conditions likely similar to those prevailing today. ‘Muir’ is a Scots dialect word equivalent to the English ‘Moor’ and means a large area of rough, open ground which is invariably wet or waterlogged.

The battle should be viewed in context of a running attempt by supporters of the Stuart dynasty or ‘Jacobites’ to regain the thrones of Scotland and England from the incumbent Hanoverians.

Gathering Stone, Sherriffmuir Battle Site, Scotland

Gathering Stone, Sherriffmuir Battle Site, Scotland

Sherriffmuir Battlefield, Scotland

Sherriffmuir Battlefield, Scotland

Key aspects of this battle as follows:

  • The Jacobite army under the Earl of Mar numbered 10,000 men.
  • Government forces under the Duke of Argyll totalled 3500 men.
  • The Sheriffmuir site was chosen by Earl of Mar.
  • The Gathering Stone ( see image above) was a vantage point used by both sides during the battle. This is probably, a now recumbent, prehistoric standing stone from around 3000-1000 BC.¬†
  • Despite the vast disparity in numbers the battle was finely balanced. The government forces were successful on the right whilst the Jacobites prevailed on the left.
  • At the end of the day both sides regrouped. The next day the Jacobites had retreated leaving the Government ostensibly in charge of the field. The outcome is viewed by many as a draw. However, the Jacobites with their vastly superior numbers and need of a strategic victory should have won but failed to do so.

    Rainbow over Sherriffmuir Battlefield, Scotland

    Rainbow over Sherriffmuir Battlefield, Scotland

Double Rainbow at Sherriffmuir Battlefield, Scotland

Double Rainbow at Sherriffmuir Battlefield, Scotland

This video clip shows a memorial erected 1915 to the members of Clan MacRae in the Kintail and Lochalsh Company who fought on the left wing for the Jacobites and died at the battle.

This is an interesting site, close to the Sheriffmuir Pub. Visitors should take waterproof footwear.

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