Thank you for your replies.
Briefly the background politics - King James 6 and 1 was married to Anne the sister of the Danish King Kristian 4. He therefore had some loyalty to the Danish throne. Norway at this time (c.1600) was under the authority of Denmark. Kristian 4 had long wanted to gain control of Sweden as well. Apparently Kristian had been trying to stir up a fight with Sweden to give him an excuse to try and take over.
The Danish army was largely made up of Norwegian peasant farmers and Swedens were mercenaries from elsewhere in Europe. In Feb 1612 the Danes were beaten and the Swedes were particulary cruel to the Norwegian soldiers. Karl 9 , the Swedish king was still looking for more mercenaries and this is where the Sinclairs become involved.
Captain George Sinclair of Caithness had promised several companies.These were mainly locally pressed ganged and from the Borders a large group of criminals who joined to avoid imprisonment.
Now King James didn't want his countrymen to be fighting for the Swedes against his brother in law, so he tried to stop them, but he was unable to stop all the ships leaving. At least 300 did leave Wick on 2 Aug 1612., a large number being children and women!
The force landed in the Romsdal area in Norway and seized a local fisherman as a guide.The plan was to travel down the Gudbrandsdal to meet up with the Swedish army.The guide was able to give warnings to call the farmers to arms.The Scots were able to get as far as Dovre, by this time they were tried and hungary. On the morning of 26th August 1612 with bagpipes playing they marched straight into an ambush set by the Norwegian farmers in a narrow valley near Kringen. Only 134 of the original 300 survived and surrended.
It was planned by the Norwegian leaders to take the survivers to Oslo, but the peasant farmers were still enraged by the treatment their fellow countrymen received at the hands of the Swedes earlier in the year. They knew that the Scots were on their way to join that army.
So the following morning they lined up the remaining 134 Scots up against the wall and shot & speared them. It was to be a moment in Norwegian history that would go down in shame.
Only 18 soldiers were spared and these were sent to join the Danish army.
Thank you for your interest.
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