Battle of Maol Ruadh

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Battle of Maol Ruadh
Part of the Scottish clan wars
Cairn - - 652004.jpg
Cairn at roadside near Maol Ruadh, site of the Battle of Mulroy
Date August 1688
Location Maol Ruadh, east of Spean Bridge, Scotland
grid reference NN271826[1]
Coordinates: 56°54′11″N 4°50′19″W / 56.90306°N 4.83861°W / 56.90306; -4.83861
Result Rebel victory
Clan MacDonald of Keppoch
Clan Cameron
Government backed troops:
Chattan Confederation led by Clan Mackintosh
Highland Independent Company:
Clan Mackenzie
Commanders and leaders
Coll MacDonald of Keppoch Lachlan MacKintosh of Torcastle
Kenneth Mackenzie of Suddie (killed in action)[2]
800 1600?
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Maol Ruadh (Mulroy or Maoile Ruaidh) was fought in August 1688 in the Lochaber district of Scotland between the Chattan Confederation led by the Clan Mackintosh against the Clan MacDonald of Keppoch and the Clan Cameron.[3] The battlefield has been inventoried and protected by Historic Scotland under the Scottish Historical Environment Policy of 2009.[4]

It is sometimes described as the last of the private battles between clans of the kind fought in the Highlands in ages past, but this is perhaps inaccurate as the Mackintoshes had official support for their actions against the Macdonalds and their army was in part made up of government troops.

The encounter at Mulroy is notable for one other reason: it was the prototype for Dundee's victory at Killiecrankie the following summer.


  1. ^ Site Record for Maol Ruadh, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland 
  2. ^ Simpson, Peter. (1996). The Independent Highland Companies, 1603 - 1760. p 79. ISBN 0-85976-432-X
  3. ^ The Battle of Mulroy
  4. ^ "Inventory battlefields". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 


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