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TITLE
Gathering Stone, Sheriffmuir
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_1020_P029
PLACENAME
Sheriffmuir
DISTRICT
Dunblane
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH
PERIOD
1710s
CREATOR
John E. Shearer
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31397
KEYWORDS
battles
battlefields
Jacobites
Sheriffmuir
Hanovarians
Earl of Mar
Duke of Argyll
armies
troops
stones
gatherings
Gathering Stone, Sheriffmuir

Approximately 3 miles east of Dunblane lies the battlefield of Sheriffmuir. The Duke of Argyll is said to have stood at the Gathering Stone to watch the Jacobite army gather for the battle.

In November 1715 12,000 Jacobite troops led by the Earl of Mar faced 4,000 government troops led by the Duke of Argyll. The right flank of both armies defeated the opposing left flank and Mar was forced to retreat to Perth while Argyll withdrew to Dunblane.

Both sides claimed victory but Mar failed to take advantage of his superior numbers to finish Argyll's men off. As a result of this indecision, the French and Spanish withdraw their offered support. Argyll won the battle on propaganda terms, there was a faltering of support for the Jacobites and the rebellion disintegrated.

This illustration is taken from 'The Battle of Sheriffmuir' by 'an FSA Scot' (i.e. John E. Shearer)

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Gathering Stone, Sheriffmuir

PERTH

1710s

battles; battlefields; Jacobites; Sheriffmuir; Hanovarians; Earl of Mar; Duke of Argyll; armies; troops; stones; gatherings

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

Approximately 3 miles east of Dunblane lies the battlefield of Sheriffmuir. The Duke of Argyll is said to have stood at the Gathering Stone to watch the Jacobite army gather for the battle.<br /> <br /> In November 1715 12,000 Jacobite troops led by the Earl of Mar faced 4,000 government troops led by the Duke of Argyll. The right flank of both armies defeated the opposing left flank and Mar was forced to retreat to Perth while Argyll withdrew to Dunblane. <br /> <br /> Both sides claimed victory but Mar failed to take advantage of his superior numbers to finish Argyll's men off. As a result of this indecision, the French and Spanish withdraw their offered support. Argyll won the battle on propaganda terms, there was a faltering of support for the Jacobites and the rebellion disintegrated.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'The Battle of Sheriffmuir' by 'an FSA Scot' (i.e. John E. Shearer)