Evening in glencoe

Evening in Glencoe

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The trip through Glencoe in the Western Highlands is a must for any tourist visiting Scotland. The Glen is breathtaking with mouintains rising steeply on either side of the windy road. It is difficult to capture the true scale but the house among the trees will give you some idea. It was here that the famous 'Massacre of Glencoe' occurred in 1692, one of the bloodiest scenes in Scottish History (and there were plenty), in which Clan Macdonald murdered several members of the Clan Campbell. ' On 2 February about 120 troops arrived at Glencoe under the command of Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon. They were given hospitality by the MacDonalds of Glencoe as was customary in the Highlands. For the next 10 days and nights the troops were given food, drink and lodgings. On 12 February Glenlyon received written orders from his superior, Major Duncanson: You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the McDonalds of Glencoe, and put all to the sword under seventy. You are to have a special care that the old Fox and his sons do upon no account escape your hands, you are to secure all the avenues that no man escape. At 5 am on the morning of 12 February 1692 the killing began. Alasdair MacIain of Glencoe was shot dead as he rose from his bed, his wife was dragged away from her fallen husband and stripped naked. She died the next day. Houses were set alight. The troops bound some captives hand and foot before killing them. Gunfire woke the people of Glencoe. They ran from their homes and fled into the mountains. Thirty eight men, women and children were killed in the massacre. Many more died of exposure as they tried to escape across the mountains in the dead of winter. The MacDonalds had been victims of ‘murder under trust’, considered even worse than normal acts of murder under Scots law. The Massacre of Glencoe was also an act of terror by the state against its own people. The MacDonalds were killed to scare the other Highland Clans into submission. John Dalrymple, Master of Stair, had planned the murders. The orders to kill the MacDonalds of Glencoe had been signed by King William. '

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