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The River Garry at Killiecrankie

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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The River Garry at the Pass of Killiecrankie, near Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire, Scotland.

In 1689, during the Jacobite Rebellion, the Battle of Killiecrankie was fought on the northern edge of Killiecrankie village. It was the first victory of the Jacobites – their Highland charge terrified and overwhelmed the British Government army under General Hugh MacKay in only 10 minutes. Donald MacBean, one of William of Orange’s supporters, having lost the contest, is said to have cleared the pass, from one bank to the other, at The Soldier’s Leap.

Although it was a stunning victory for the Jacobites, it had little overall effect on the outcome of the war and with their leader dead (John Graham of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount Dundee (Bonnie Dundee) was fatally wounded at the very beginning of the battle), their forces were scattered at the Battle of Dunkeld the next month.

An eponymous folk song commemorates the battle. A 1966 recording by The Corries was a pioneering use of the music video.


Related shots can be found at: Highland Scotland.

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