Battle of Inverlochy (1431)

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Battle of Inverlochy (1431)
Part of the Scottish clan wars
Corpach and Inverlochy crop.jpg
Battlefield is the green field above the squareish central building of the aluminium factory
Date September 1431
Location Fort William, Scotland
grid reference NN126750 [1]
Coordinates: 56°49′53″N 5°5′6″W / 56.83139°N 5.08500°W / 56.83139; -5.08500
Result Clan Donald victory
Supporters of Alexander of Islay, Earl of Ross:
Clan Donald + allies
Supporters of James I of Scotland
Commanders and leaders
Donald Balloch
Alasdair Carrach.
Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar
Allan Stewart, 4th Earl of Caithness
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
30 900

The Battle of Inverlochy (1431) (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Inbhir Lòchaidh) was fought after Alexander of Islay (Alasdair Ìle, Rìgh Innse Gall), Lord of the Isles and Earl of Ross, had been imprisoned by King James I. A force of Highlanders led by Donald Balloch, Alexander's cousin, defeated Royalist forces led by the Earls of Mar and Caithness at Inverlochy, near present-day Fort William. Over 1000 men were supposedly killed, among them the Earl of Caithness. Balloch then went on to ravage the country of Clan Cameron and Clan Chattan, who had been loyal to the king during the rebellion. King James himself soon after led an army into the Highlands, and the rebel forces disintegrated.

With the murder of King James 6 years later, Alexander was liberated, and renewed the campaign of vengeance against the Royalist supporters.

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  1. ^ "Site Record for Battles Of Inverlochy", Canmore, Historical Environment Scotland, retrieved 1 May 2017 
  • Bower, Walter, Scotichronicon, 1987–96.
  • Brown, M., James I, 1994.
  • MacDonald, Hugh, History of the MacDonalds, in Highland Papers, vol. I, 1914.

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