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TITLE
View of the Pass of Killiecrankie
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_223_P233
PLACENAME
Pass of Killiecrankie
DISTRICT
Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
1893
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31041
KEYWORDS
Killiecrankie
battles
General Hugh Mackay
Viscount Dundee
Highland Charge
rifles
broadswords
passes
charges
Jacobites
armies
troops
View of the Pass of Killiecrankie

The Pass of Killiecrankie was the scene of the Battle of Killiecrankie on the 27th 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 was because the setting sun would dazzle his enemy or because the failing light could 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 is found in 'The Highlands and Highlanders of Scotland' by James Cromb

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View of the Pass of Killiecrankie

PERTH: Blair Atholl

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 the 27th 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 was because the setting sun would dazzle his enemy or because the failing light could 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.<br /> <br /> 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 is found in 'The Highlands and Highlanders of Scotland' by James Cromb