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The Royal Navy’s capture of Eilean Donan Castle

During the Jacobite Rising of 1719, Royal Navy warships attacked and captured the Spanish-held Eilean Donan Castle in Kintail. The castle was the main Jacobite base and was cannonaded into submission before being seized...

Battle of Loch nan Uamh during the Jacobite ’45

On 3 May 1746, three Royal Navy warships sailed into Loch nan Uamh in Arisaig and engaged two French privateers that had arrived to deliver weapons and money for the Jacobites. The French privateers, Le...

The Lost Legion: A Personal Search

In my article – Disappearance of the Ninth Legion – I set out to address the probable fate of the famous Roman Ninth Legion – the IX Hispana –which mysteriously disappeared early in the...

Massacre of Glencoe: Last act of the Highland War

In the early hours of 13 February 1692, Scottish government soldiers under the command of Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon fell upon their hosts, the Macdonalds of Glencoe. In a cold-blooded breach of highland...

Siege of Inveraray during the Jacobite Rising of 1715

In October 1715, the western Jacobite clans under Major-General Alexander Gordon of Auchintoul marched into Argyllshire with the intention of capturing the town and castle of Inveraray, the capital of Clan Campbell and the...

Highbridge Skirmish: Opening shots of the Jacobite ’45

On 16 August 1745, two companies from the 2nd Battalion of St Clair’s 1st Regiment of Foot (Royal Scots) marching to reinforce the garrison of Fort William were attacked by a party of Macdonalds...

Duke of Cumberland’s ‘new’ bayonet drill

No account of the battle of Culloden would be complete without mention of the Duke of Cumberland’s ‘new’ bayonet drill that was supposedly introduced to his infantry battalions while they were in camp in...

Battle of Glen Trool: A victory for Robert the Bruce?

Bruce's Stone at the head of Loch Trool in Galloway overlooks the site where it is said that Robert the Bruce defeated an Anglo-Scottish force led by Aymer de Valance, Earl of Pembroke. Bruce's...