Mackintosh of Borlum

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Brigadier William Mackintosh, Laird of Borlum (1658–1743) usually known as Mackintosh of Borlum was a Scottish soldier and a leader of the Jacobite rising of 1715 and a member of the Clan Mackintosh.

Ancestry[edit]

The Mackintosh of Borlum branch of Clan Mackintosh was founded by William Mackintosh, younger son of Lachlan Mor Mackintosh, 16th chief of Clan Mackintosh (d.1606).[1]

Jacobite risings[edit]

The leader of the rising, John Erskine, 22nd Earl of Mar, detached a small force of 2000 Highlanders led by Borlum from the main army. He moved into Fife and crossed the Firth of Forth in fishing boats. He briefly held Leith and came close to capturing Edinburgh. He linked up with some English and Lowland Jacobites at Kelso, Scottish Borders, then they marched south as far as Preston until they were captured at the Battle of Preston. He was charged with treason, but escaped from Newgate Prison with seven others the night before his trial was due to start.

John Prebble considers that he should really have led the rising instead of Mar.

He also fought for the Jacobites at the Battle of Glen Shiel in 1719.

Family[edit]

He married Mary Reade, and they had two sons John and Roderick. Who Both immigrated to the colony of Georgia with the Highland Rangers a regiment in the British Army recruited by James Oglethorpe. Both John and Roderick fought in the War Of Jenkins' Ear.

Bagpipes[edit]

There is a bagpipe tune called "Mackintosh of Borlum's Salute".

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackintosh, Margaret. (1982). The Clan Mackintosh and The Clan Chattan. (foreword by Sir Donald Cameron of Lochiel). ISBN 0-904265-73-0.
  • Prebble, John. (1973). The Lion in the North.
  • Mackintosh, Alexander. (1918). Brigadier Mackintosh of Borlum: Jacobite Hero and Martyr.