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Site of ENGAGEMENT between Royal and Rebel Forces A.D. 1745 Site of Battle
Site of Battle
Site of Battle
Site of Battle
Revd. [Reverend] Mr. Davidson
Dr. [Doctor] Leslie.
Mr. Bisset.
Mr. W Taylor.
054 West of the Bass was fought a rather serious engagement between the rebels and the royalist forces during the "Forty Five". During the crisis in the history of that rising, when Prince Charles with the main body of his army was in the south, his Lord- Lieutenant for Banff and Aberdeen shires, Lord Lewis Gordon, made a descent in November 1745 upon the city of Aberdeen, of which he took possession, imposing a fine of £1000 which the canny Aberdonians were, of course, by no means disposed readily to pay. To relieve at once the city and the purses of the citizens, the Earl of Louden, commanding for the crown, sent forward MacLeod of MacLeod with 700 men. This force had reached Inverury when Lord Lewis Gordon marched out of Aberdeen with all the men of his own regiment, and a considerable body of those belonging to Lord John Drummond's as well as a batallion of 300 Farquharsons, under Monaltrie - the total force under his command being not less than 1200 men. This force, marching along the north bank of the Don, reached the Ury, which they crossed about sunset on the 23rd of December O.S. [Old Style] - that being, we may also remark Sunday, the eve of Old Yule. Macleod got little warning of the approach of the Jacobite forces, and was totally unprepared for such a force. Hastily collecting and forming his men, he gave battle; but the contest was as decisive as it was short. It did not last half an hour, and ended in the total overthrow of the loyalist troops, who were completely overpowered by the number of their opponents,

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Ph. [Parish] of Inverury

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