The Rout of Moy

On this day in Scottish History

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John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun by Alan Ramsey

On 16th February 1746, a Government force of around 1,500, many of them from the 64th Highlanders and the Independent Highland Companies, under the command of John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, attempt to take Charles Edward Stuart by surprise at Moy Hall, just south of Inverness.

The plan is unsuccessful. Under the cover of darkness and a thunderstorm, firing muskets and shouting clan war-cries, a handful of Jacobites give the impression of a large Jacobite gathering and Loudoun’s men retreat. The event became known as the ‘Rout of Moy’.

The only casualty at Moy was on the Government side: Duncan Bam MacCrimmon, Hereditary Piper to the MacLeods of Dunvegan.

Further Reading:

Fight for a Throne: The Jacobite ’45 Reconsidered, (2015), Christopher Duffy, Helion & Company

Scotland and the British Army, 1700-1750: Defending the Union, (2014), Victoria Henshaw, Bloomsbury Publishing