Battle of Dalnaspidal
|Battle of Dalnaspidal|
|Part of Wars of the Three Kingdoms (Scottish Civil War)|
| Scottish Royalists loyal to Charles II of England:
| Parliamentarians loyal to Oliver Cromwell:
|Commanders and leaders|
| William Cunningham, 9th Earl of Glencairn
John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton
| Sir Thomas Morgan, 1st Baronet
Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll
|1,200 foot, 800 horse (cavalry).||Unknown|
|Casualties and losses|
|300 horse captured.||Unknown|
The Earl of Glencairn raised the Clan MacGregor from Rannoch. He would have no difficulty recruiting them because one of their opponents was the Earl of Argyll, a Campbell, one of their hereditary enemies. Alexander, the 12th chief of Clan Robertson led his men from Fea Corrie. Both forces met above Annat and marched up the old path to Loch Garry.
On the evening of 19 July 1654, Thomas Morgan surprised John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton at Dalnaspidal near Loch Garry on the Drumochter Pass. The Royalist horse had become separated from the foot. When Morgan's superior forces advanced towards them, most of Middleton's cavalry fled, leaving the infantry unprotected. As Morgan's cavalry continued to advance, the Royalist infantry also turned and ran.
The fight at Dalnaspidal broke the Royalist insurrection in the Highlands. Although wounded, Middleton managed to escape into the mountains, but he was never able to gather a substantial force again. Monck wanted all the leaders of the uprising put to death, but the Protector and Council promised a pardon to all those who submitted. The Earl of Glencairn himself surrendered to General Monck in September 1654. Middleton escaped back to the Continent and rejoined Charles II at Cologne early in 1655.
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- Plant, David (28 February 2007), Glencairn's Uprising, British Civil Wars and Commonwealth website, retrieved September 2013
- Plant, David (7 December 2009), John Middleton, c.1608-74, British Civil Wars and Commonwealth website, retrieved September 2013