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This evening, myself and few others visited the pleasant country town of Strathaven, about 40 mins drive from Glasgow. Strathaven is very well kept and has much to offer the visitor including:

  • Ruined 16th century castle
  • Imposing churches including the 18th century, Strathaven East Parish Church.
  • Brewery.
  • Many good eating places. We dined at the Strathaven Hotel which dates from the late 18th century.
  • Well kept parks.
  • Pleasant burn (stream) running through the town.
  • A former textile mill. continue reading…

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. continue reading…

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. continue reading…