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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 first muster of the Black Watch at Aberfeldy

In May 1740, the 43rd Highland Regiment of Foot (Black Watch) mustered for the first time on the banks of the River Tay at Aberfeldy. The regiment had been established by Royal Warrant on 25...

Old Military Road in Glen Croe to be improved

Transport Scotland has announced that work to improve the Old Military Road through Glen Croe, which was once part of Major William Caulfeild's Dumbarton to Inveraray military road, would go ahead. A contract has been...

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...

When the Jacobites fined the town of Paisley

On 29 December 1745, a summons was issued by Charles Edward Stuart from Glasgow to the magistrates of Paisley demanding that the town pay a £1,000 fine for raising a militia regiment against the...

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...

Butter Bridge in Glen Kinglas

Butter Bridge stands in the shadow of Beinn Ime and crosses the gently flowing Kinglas Water in Glen Kinglas, Argyll. The bridge was built in 1749 as part of Major William Caulfeild's military road...

Tummel Bridge

Tummel Bridge is situated at the western end of Loch Tummel in Perthshire and was built in 1730 to carry Lieutenant-General George Wade’s Crieff to Dalnacardoch military road across the River Tummel. General Wade in...