Battle of Inverlochy (1431)
|Battle of Inverlochy (1431)|
|Part of the Scottish clan wars|
Battlefield is the green field above the squareish central building of the aluminium factory
|Supporters of Alexander of Islay, Earl of Ross:
Clan Donald + allies
|Supporters of James I of Scotland|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar
Allan Stewart, 4th Earl of Caithness
|Casualties and losses|
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.
Notes and references
- Site Record for Battles Of Inverlochy, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
- 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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