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Tue 25 July 2017
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THE BATTLE OF GLEN SHIEL
On 10th June 1719, the only battle of the 'little rising' took place between a government army and the Jacobites under the 10th Earl Marischal, four years after the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1715.

Spain had sent five thousand men to support the Jacobite cause, but ferocious weather saw only around three hundred men reach Scotland at Kintail along with the Earl of Seaforth - chief of the Clan Mackenzie - the Earl Marischal and the Marquis of Tullibardine. They were joined by a few hundred Highlanders including Macraes, Rob Roy and a party of MagGregors.

Eilean Donan Castle, being used as their base, was attacked by the Hanovarians from the sea, destroying it with the cannon fire of three warships. General Wightman led his government army from Inverness and confronted the Jacobites at Glen Shiel, just a few miles from Loch Duich, on the 10th of June.

The battle continued for several hours, and despite being well matched, the expected Jacobite support from the Lowlanders failed to materialise in any number resulting in the Jacobites abaondoning the rising and retreating for their homes. The Spaniards surrendered to Wightman and were eventually sent home after a period of imprisonment.

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