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1689: B. of Killiecrankie, Viscount Dundee (John Graham of
Claverhouse) affectionately known as "Bonnie Dundee" took 2,500
Highlanders over Drumochter Pass. The British General Mackay, with
4,000 footsoldiers, two divisions of Calvary, 1,200 supply of horses
and 3 cannon called Dundee's army "not an army but a pack". Dundee,
ever the Jacobite, kept his troops lain in the tall grass until 7.00
PM. With the sun behind them, they rose to their feet, fired their one
shot weapons and rushed the British forces with their broadswords.
Dundee died in the original Highland charge. The day belonged to the
Highlanders. Dundee had four clans and 300 Irishmen. Unlike most
battles of the 17th Century, Scots Highland charges lasted 10-20
minutes. About the only noticeable exception to this was the Italian
Bonnie Prince Charlie's prolonged battle at Colluden. In spite of his
reputation as "Buidy (bloody) Clavers" he was in fact a moderate.
Killiecrankie was Bonnie Dundee's greatest victory. Dundee showed the
way of Highland resistance, even though he himself was a lowlander.
1843: W.W. Sinclair d., William Waters Sinclair died in Goemally,
2000: Sinclairs at Parliament, Tour of Parliament
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