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A drawing of the Pass of Killiecrankie from Alexander Campbell?s ?A Journey from Edinburgh through Parts of North Britain?, 1802

The Battle of Killiecrankie took place on 27 July 1689 and was fought as part of the first Jacobite uprising.

James VII of Scotland (James II of England) was a Catholic and had been ousted the previous year and replaced by William of Orange, a Protestant, who was able to claim the throne through his marriage to James' Protestant daughter, Mary.

In March 1689 the Scottish Government decided to pledge its loyalty to William of Orange, although this was opposed by many people including many of the Highland clans and Viscount Dundee ('Bonnie Dundee'), a Lowland Scot. In response to the government's actions, Dundee raised James' royal standard on Dundee Law and left for the Highlands to raise an army against William of Orange.

A Scottish Government army, led by General Mackay and comprising of Lowland Scots, English and Dutch forces, was raised to oppose them.

The armies met at the northwest of the Killiecrankie Pass, near Blair Castle. The Jacobites held a strong position on a hilltop and waited for the sun to set behind the Government troops before they attacked. The Highlanders charged into the centre of the Government lines and General Mackay's troops faltered and fled.

Although the battle was a victory for the Jacobites, Viscount Dundee was killed during the conflict and this proved to be a significant factor in the ultimate collapse of the uprising.

In this recording from 1961 Andrew Robb Hunter, a well-known folksinger and song writer, sings 'Killiecrankie' which tells of the events of the battle from the perspective of an army veteran.

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