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MONUMENT [Clachnaharry] [continued from page 5] family, which are still in the manuscript. It appears that John Munro, tutor of Fowlis in travelling homewards to Ross, from the south of Scotland, rested in Strathardale between Perth and Athole, where he was illtreated by the inhabitants, and insulted by their cutting off the tails of his horses while he was asleep - In order to be revenged he, on arriving at home, assembled his kinsmen and followers, and made an inroad, with about 350 men into Strathardale, where he wasted the country, killed some of the people, and carried off their cattle - on his journey homeward, in passing Moy Castle, he was met by Gilliecullum, grandson of The Mackintosh, and a youth who demanded the customary strike chreich or road callop for allowing the booty to pass over his land. A few of the beasts were tendered but he would not take less than one half. This Munro would not accede to but pushed on sending fifty of his men on with the cattle to Ferrindonald while the rest followed to the rear to resist any attack. Young Mackintosh sent hasty orders for his clan to assemble and overtake them which they did at Clach na h-Aire - a mile and a half past Inverness, where ensued a very severe fight, the most of them being slain on either side. It appears that the leader of the Mackintoshes was slain, and John Munro was left as dead on the field, but was taken by Lord Lovat to his lordship's house and there cured of his wounds. He was afterwards called John Bacclaivigh from the circumstances of losing one of his hands in the fight.
The first published records of it is that given in a "Generalised History of the Earldom of Sutherland" published in 1639. This book records the different events connected with the family in the order in which they occurred; and it does not mention any precise date for the fight, yet, according to the date could not be 1454, but about 1333; for, after mentioning that the Earl of Ross was slain in the battle of Haliedonn hill, in 1333, it adds - "and with him was killed the Laird of Fowlls, surnamed Munroe, whose second brother, John Munroe, purchased the ward of the lands of Fowlls" ... "This John Munro, tutor of Fowlls, travelling homeward on his journey from the south of Scotland towards Rosse, did repose himself by the way in Srathardale" & giving a full account of the fight. Of course this John Munroe if alive in 1333, or about there, could not have led a fight in 1454. The notice in the Statistical Account is evidently complied from this old book and adopts the date 1333. "Pennant's Scotland (Vol 1 P.209) mentions it as 1341, but also mentions the head of the Clan chattan as "the Mackintosh of 1454" - the date on the stone - which looks like a typographical error. But there are other facts recorded in the Mackintosh Papers which go to prove the connection of the account given there as well as the date - 1454 - which the assign to it. These papers state that the young Malcom Mackintosh (Gilliecullum) who was the cause of the fight "came not at that till all was over" and, as a means of reconciliation, married, a few years afterwards, Janet Munro sister of John who led the opposite party. All the other accounts - evidently copying from the "History of the Earldom of Sutherland" stated that he who killed or rather - that "The Mackintosh" was killed there - for, throughout, they wholly ignore the grandson and ascribe all to "The Mackintosh" - head of the clan - who had nothing at all to do with it; was a very old man at the time, having had to abandon the charge of Inverness Castle in 1452 from old age, and who died in 1457. From all this it is evident that the date 1454 is as given in the Mackintosh Papers. These "papers" are in manuscript, and are styled "The genealogy of the family of Mackintosh from their original until the year 1600. They were compiled about 1680 by Mackenzie, then of Applecross, from the various records written by the family as then several events occurred, and are in the possession of Eneas.
*Mackintosh Esqr. of Daviot. The copy which I have consulted - the only one made - is possessed by C. Fraser Mackintosh Esqr. of Drummond, that gentleman having kindly placed it at my service.

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