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Soldier's Leap, Killiecrankie
Soldier's Leap on the River Garry, Killiecrankie | Photos by Neil Ritchie 2017
Soldiers Leap on the River Garry in the Pass of Killiecrankie, Perthshire, where Inverness soldier Donald McBane is said to have jumped 18 feet across to escape pursuing Jacobite highlanders following the Battle of Killiecrankie, 27th July, 1689.
This is an account of the event from Donald MacBane's autobiography 'The Expert Swordsman's Companion', published in 1728:
At last they cast away their musquets, drew their broadswords, and advanced furiously upon us, and were in the middle of us before we could fire three shots a-piece; broke us, and obliged us to retreat. Some fled to the water, and some other way; (we were for most part new men.) I fled to the baggage, and took a horse, in order to ride the water there follows me a Highlandman with sword and targe [shield], in order to take the horse, and kill myself. Youd laugh to see how he and I scampered about. I kept always the horse between him and me; at length he drew his pistol, and I fled; he fired after me. I went above the pass, where I met with another water, very deep. It was 18 foot over, betwixt two rocks. I resolved to jump it; so I laid down my gun and hat and jumped, and lost one of my shoes in the jump. Many of our men were lost in that water, and at the pass. The enemy pursuing hard, I made the best of my way to Dunkel [Dunkeld] where I stayed until what of our men was left came up; then every one went to his respective regiment.
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