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TITLE
Blar na Pairc
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_218_P100
PLACENAME
Blar na Pairc
DISTRICT
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Fodderty
DATE OF IMAGE
1899
PERIOD
1490s
CREATOR
William R. Bain
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31019
KEYWORDS
battles
Blar na Pairc
Battle of the Park
MacDonalds
MacKenzies
insults
armies
fighting
champions
attacks
Blar na Pairc

The Battle of Park, or Blar na Pairc, took place between the MacDonalds and the MacKenzies in the 1490s.

Kenneth MacKenzie, son and heir of Alexander Ionraic, had married Margaret MacDonald, the daughter of John MacDonald of Islay. Alexander MacDonald of Lochalsh, the nephew and heir of John MacDonald, insulted Kenneth MacKenzie. In retaliation, Kenneth sent his wife back to her father. As she was blind in one eye, he sent her on a one eyed horse, with a one eyed servant and a one eyed dog. At this insult the MacDonalds decided to attack the MacKenzies.

The MacDonalds and MacKenzies met near Strathpeffer at a place now known as Blar na Pairc. One of Kenneth's attendants, Duncan Mor, was a formidable fighter and he wreaked havoc on the MacDonalds until he had killed their champion, Lachlan Mac Thearlaich, and they fled.

This illustration was taken from 'History of the Ancient Province of Ross' by Robert Bain

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Blar na Pairc

ROSS: Fodderty

1490s

battles; Blar na Pairc; Battle of the Park; MacDonalds; MacKenzies; insults; armies; fighting; champions; attacks

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The Battle of Park, or Blar na Pairc, took place between the MacDonalds and the MacKenzies in the 1490s.<br /> <br /> Kenneth MacKenzie, son and heir of Alexander Ionraic, had married Margaret MacDonald, the daughter of John MacDonald of Islay. Alexander MacDonald of Lochalsh, the nephew and heir of John MacDonald, insulted Kenneth MacKenzie. In retaliation, Kenneth sent his wife back to her father. As she was blind in one eye, he sent her on a one eyed horse, with a one eyed servant and a one eyed dog. At this insult the MacDonalds decided to attack the MacKenzies.<br /> <br /> The MacDonalds and MacKenzies met near Strathpeffer at a place now known as Blar na Pairc. One of Kenneth's attendants, Duncan Mor, was a formidable fighter and he wreaked havoc on the MacDonalds until he had killed their champion, Lachlan Mac Thearlaich, and they fled.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'History of the Ancient Province of Ross' by Robert Bain