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Battle of Killiecrankie 1689 (Hardback)

The Last Act of the Killing Times

British History All Frontline Books Scotland Pre WWI Frontline: General History

By Stuart Reid
Frontline Books
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781526709943
Published: 9th April 2018

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The fifty-odd years of Scottish history dominated by the Jacobite Risings are amongst its most evocative and whilst the last battle, Culloden in 1746, is deservedly remembered as a national tragedy, the first battle on the braes of Killiecrankie was unquestionably the most dramatic.

It was very much a Scottish battle. The later Jacobite risings would be launched against kings and governments in London. Killiecrankie, on the other hand, pitted Scot against Scot in the last bloody act of the bitter religious struggle known as ‘The Killing Times’.

Killiecrankie saw the first, and most successful, Highland Charge, as the clansmen broke the line of the Government’s redcoats ‘in the twinkling of an eye’, and though outnumbered the Jacobites achieved a stunning victory. The Highlanders, however, suffered debilitating losses of almost one third of their strength, and their leader, John Graham the Viscount of Dundee, was killed.

The Jacobites continued their advance until stopped by Government forces at the Battle of Dunkeld a little more than three weeks later. Though the Jacobites had failed, the struggle of the Highland clans to return the Catholic James, and his successors, to the throne of Scotland and England would continue for the next two generations.

This detailed work on a battle often overshadowed by Culloden and not often covered as a ‘stand alone’ is an interesting read which adds to the knowledge of the risings.

Stuart Asquith, freelancer and author

As featured 'ON THE SHELF'

Wargames Illustrated, April 2018

About Stuart Reid

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 into a family with a tradition of service in the Army, stretching back through the Battle of Mons to Culloden and beyond. He is the author of numerous military history books, including Hungry Like Wolves which is widely regarded as the definitive study of the Battle of Culloden, and Sheriffmuir 1715, also by Frontline.

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