Scotland Volume 3

Scotland Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... for pursuit, it was determined to march at once on the Lowlands, with a view to the capture of Edinburgh. The district of Badenoch--the valley of the middle Spey--which the Highland army was now passing through, was anciently the territory of the Comyns. After their subjugation by Robert Bruce, it passed into the hands of the Earls of Moray, and later to Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan (a son of Robert II.), the "Wolf of Badenoch." This Earl's chief seat was Ruthven Castle, a Comyn stronghold situated on a conical hill on the east bank of the Spey, about a mile from Kingussie.1 It was rebuilt in the sixteenth century, and in 1718 the site was taken by the Government for barracks in which to lodge the troops stationed there to preserve order in the district. 1 This is the individual whom Mr. Andrew Lang has lately gibbeted with infamy as " Pickle the Spy." From the foot of Corryarrick a small detachment of Highlanders made an unsuccessful effort to capture these barracks. They were driven off with some slight loss, but brought back with them an important prisoner in the person of Ewan Macpherson of Cluny, a son-in-law of Lord Lovat, and a cousin of Lochiel. They captured him at Cluny Castle, a little further up the Spey. Cluny had been given a commission in a regiment then being raised by Lord Loudon, and had left Sir John Cope only the day before to raise his clansmen for the Government. But he had been contemptuously treated by Cope, who with extraordinary fatuity could not see the difference between a captain of the line and a Highland chief, whose word was law to a whole clan, and who could command the unquestioned service of four hundred claymores. He was furious at Cope, and although it is more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836855
  • 9781236836854