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300th anniversary of the Battle of Glenshiel

Updated: May 6, 2020

The commemoration to mark the 300th anniversary of the Battle of Glenshiel took place on Saturday 8 June 2019.

The event was organised by the Association of Highland Clans and Societies  (AHCS) in conjunction with Clan Mackenzie and the 1745 Association. The programme included a guided tour of Eilean Donan castle in the morning and the battle commemoration in the afternoon.

The weather on Saturday morning was glorious. Eilean Donan was terrific and the tourists thoroughly enjoyed the sight of so many in highland dress. Glen Shiel was it’s usual spectacular self and the scenery was just marvellous. The forecast, however, was for rain just as the commemoration was to start. Bang on cue, down it came. – It didn’t dampen our ardour though.

You’ll see from the photographs on Facebook how we marched, flags flying, to the memorial and how wreaths were laid by various dignitaries including Sir Malcolm.

If you google Battle of Glenshiel you’ll find articles and photographs from The Oban Times and the Press and Journal as well. The battle featured around 40 MacGregors under Rob Roy, some 2-300 Spanish troops and the use of Coehorn mortars by Government forces. The terrain is unbelievably steep.

A nice touch was made by Iain MacGillivray, Commander of Clan MacGillivray, who played the Spanish National Anthem on the pipes after a short speech by a young Spanish lady in national dress.

More  photographs can be found at

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