Battle of Maol Ruadh
|Battle of Maol Ruadh|
|Part of the Scottish clan wars|
Cairn at roadside near Maol Ruadh, site of the Battle of Mulroy
Clan MacDonald of Keppoch
|Government backed troops:
Chattan Confederation led by Clan Mackintosh
Highland Independent Company:
|Commanders and leaders|
|Coll Macdonald, 16th of Keppoch||Lachlan MacKintosh of Torcastle
Kenneth Mackenzie of Suddie (killed in action)
|Casualties and losses|
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. The battlefield has been inventoried and protected by Historic Scotland under the Scottish Historical Environment Policy of 2009.
The last clan battle
The Battle of Maol Ruadh (or Mulroy in English) is sometimes described as being the last of the private clan battles fought between Scottish clans. However, this is perhaps inaccurate as the Mackintoshes had official government support for their actions against the Macdonalds and their army was in part made up of government troops from an Independent Highland Company under Mackenzie of Suddie. This would therefore leave the Battle of Altimarlach, fought in 1680 between the Campbells and Sinclairs, as the last true clan battle.
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