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TITLE
Glen Coe
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_350_P284
PLACENAME
Glencoe
DISTRICT
North Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin
DATE OF IMAGE
1800
PERIOD
1800s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31123
KEYWORDS
Glencoe
glens
Campbells
MacDonalds
clans
massacre
hills
climbing
National Trust for Scotland
Glen Coe
Glen Coe

Glen Coe runs 10 miles from Loch Leven up onto Rannoch Moor. It is an important geological and botanical site and 12,800 acres were bought by the National Trust for Scotland in the 1930s.

The north side of the glen is dominated by the Aonach Eagach ridge, often considered the most challenging scramble on mainland Scotland. The lower south side is dominated by Bidean nam Bian with Buachaille Etive Beag, stretching back to Glen Etive, and Buachaille Etive Mòr on the upper south side. The area is very popular with hill walkers and climbers.

The glen is also famous for the Glen Coe Massacre. In 1692 the Argyll regiment, under the command of Campbell of Glenlyon, was sent by the government to kill the Glen Coe MacDonalds. The Government wanted to make an example of the MacDonalds for not pledging an oath to William III. The MacDonalds gave the troops shelter from the blizzard but were attacked by them while they slept. Most fled but 38 were killed.

This illustration was taken from T. Garnett's 'Observations on a tour through the Highlands'

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Glen Coe

ARGYLL: Lismore and Appin

1800s

Glencoe; glens; Campbells; MacDonalds; clans; massacre; hills; climbing; National Trust for Scotland; Glen Coe

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Glen Coe runs 10 miles from Loch Leven up onto Rannoch Moor. It is an important geological and botanical site and 12,800 acres were bought by the National Trust for Scotland in the 1930s.<br /> <br /> The north side of the glen is dominated by the Aonach Eagach ridge, often considered the most challenging scramble on mainland Scotland. The lower south side is dominated by Bidean nam Bian with Buachaille Etive Beag, stretching back to Glen Etive, and Buachaille Etive Mòr on the upper south side. The area is very popular with hill walkers and climbers.<br /> <br /> The glen is also famous for the Glen Coe Massacre. In 1692 the Argyll regiment, under the command of Campbell of Glenlyon, was sent by the government to kill the Glen Coe MacDonalds. The Government wanted to make an example of the MacDonalds for not pledging an oath to William III. The MacDonalds gave the troops shelter from the blizzard but were attacked by them while they slept. Most fled but 38 were killed.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from T. Garnett's 'Observations on a tour through the Highlands'