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TITLE
The Pass of Killicrankie and the five Benagloes (Beinn a' Ghlo)
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_205_P001
PLACENAME
Pass of Killiecrankie
DISTRICT
Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
1866
PERIOD
1680s
CREATOR
W & A K Johnston
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31010
KEYWORDS
Killiecrankie
battles
General Hugh Mackay
Viscount Dundee
Highland Charge
rifles
broadswords
passes
charges
Jacobites
armies
troops
The Pass of Killicrankie and the five Benagloes (Beinn a' Ghlo)

The Pass of Killiecrankie was the scene of the Battle of Killiecrankie on 27 July 1689. The battle took place between the Jacobite forces of Viscount Dundee and the Williamite forces of General Hugh Mackay.

Dundee's forces took up position on a ridge above the entrance to the pass while Mackay waited below, unwilling to initiate an attack uphill. Dundee chose to wait most of the day. It has been suggested that this may have been because the setting sun would dazzle his enemy or perhaps because the failing light would be to his advantage.

At a signal the Jacobites charged downhill, firing and discarding their 1-shot pistols and attacking Mackay's troops with their broadswords. Mackay's men broke rank and ran, pursued by the Jacobites. During the charge, Dundee was shot and mortally wounded. His death led to his troops falling into disarray without a leader.

This illustration can be found in 'Concise Historical Proofs respecting the Gael of Alban', by James A Robertson

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The Pass of Killicrankie and the five Benagloes (Beinn a' Ghlo)

PERTH: Blair Atholl

1680s

Killiecrankie; battles; General Hugh Mackay; Viscount Dundee; Highland Charge; rifles; broadswords; passes; charges; Jacobites; armies; troops

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The Pass of Killiecrankie was the scene of the Battle of Killiecrankie on 27 July 1689. The battle took place between the Jacobite forces of Viscount Dundee and the Williamite forces of General Hugh Mackay.<br /> <br /> Dundee's forces took up position on a ridge above the entrance to the pass while Mackay waited below, unwilling to initiate an attack uphill. Dundee chose to wait most of the day. It has been suggested that this may have been because the setting sun would dazzle his enemy or perhaps because the failing light would be to his advantage.<br /> <br /> At a signal the Jacobites charged downhill, firing and discarding their 1-shot pistols and attacking Mackay's troops with their broadswords. Mackay's men broke rank and ran, pursued by the Jacobites. During the charge, Dundee was shot and mortally wounded. His death led to his troops falling into disarray without a leader.<br /> <br /> This illustration can be found in 'Concise Historical Proofs respecting the Gael of Alban', by James A Robertson