Friday, 23 October, 2020

On this day in Scottish History

Notable – and not so notable – events that happened on this day in Scottish History

On this day: Battle of Dunkeld

On 21st August 1689, in the Battle of Dunkeld, 5000 Jacobites under the command of Alexander Cannon attack a Scottish Government force of 800 Cameronians, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel William Cleland, in and around...

The birth of King Robert III of Scotland

On 14 August 1337, the future King Robert III of Scotland was born at Scone Palace, outside Perth. Robert III was christened John, but in Scotland, this was deemed to be too unpopular and...

Battle of Killiecrankie

On the 27th July 1689, Scottish Government forces under the command of Major-General Hugh MacKay of Scourie are defeated by a Jacobite army, loyal to the deposed King James VII/II, commanded by...

Battle of Bannockburn: Day Two

At dawn on the 24th June 1314, on the second day of the battle of Bannockburn, the engagement opened with an initial skirmish between both armies archers. Robert the Bruce then sent...

Battle of Bannockburn: Day One

On the 23rd June 1314: The first day of the Battle of Bannockburn near Stirling. An advance manoeuvre by the Earl of Gloucester, the Earl of Hereford and Robert de Clifford, attempting to relieve...

Battle of Glenshiel

On 10 June 1719, Jacobite and Spanish forces are defeated by government troops commanded by Major-General Joseph Wightman, at the battle of Glenshiel, on the steep slopes of Glen Shiel in Kintail,...

The murder of James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews

On the 3rd May 1679, a group of Covenanters led by John Balfour of Kinloch murder James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews on Magus Muir, Fife. Sharp was returning to St Andrews...

Battle of Culloden

On the 16th April 1746, Charles Edward Stuart's Jacobite army was decisively defeated by the Duke of Cumberland's government army at the Battle of Culloden, outside Inverness. It was the final military...

Jacobite expeditionary force lands in Kintail

On the 13th April 1719, two Spanish frigates carrying a Jacobite expeditionary force anchored in Loch Alsh. The troops disembarked near the derelict Eilean Donan Castle where Loch Alsh meets Loch Duich...

The loss of HMS Dasher

On the 27th March 1943, Royal Navy Avenger-class escort carrier, HMS Dasher (D37), suffered a major internal explosion and sank midway between Arran and Ardrossan, on the Clyde. The...