story of the first of the Jacobite Risings not the 1715
rebellion but that of the summer of 1689. An army of Gaels
Lochiel, Glengarry, Sir Donald of Sleat, MacLean of Duart and
others rallied for the cause in Lochaber under the leadership
of "Bonnie Dundee".
clansmen had lost none of their fighting skills and, reviving
Montrose's brilliant Highland charge, they achieved signal victory
at Killiecrankie. Although it cost him his life, the memory of
the charismatic Dundee and that famous battle is celebrated yet
in memory and song.
Fforde brings the story to life through recourse to contemporary
sources - letters, memoirs and, in particular, poetry in Latin,
Scots and Gaelic - and gives a long overdue account of the leaders
and their clansmen and how and why they marched to Killiecrankie.
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