Battle of Inverlochy (1431)

The Battle of Inverlochy (1431) (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Inbhir Lòchaidh) was fought after Alexander of Islay (Alasdair Ìle, Rìgh Innse Gall), Lord of the Isles and Earl of Ross, had been imprisoned by King James I. A force of Highlanders led by Donald Balloch, Alexander's cousin, defeated Royalist forces led by the Earls of Mar and Caithness at Inverlochy, near present-day Fort William. Over 1000 men were supposedly killed, among them the Earl of Caithness. Balloch then went on to ravage the country of Clan Cameron and Clan Chattan, who had been loyal to the king during the rebellion. King James himself soon after led an army into the Highlands, and the rebel forces disintegrated.

Battle of Inverlochy (1431)
Part of the Scottish clan wars

Battlefield is the green field above the squareish central building of the aluminium factory
DateSeptember 1431
grid reference NN126750 [1]
Result Clan Donald victory
Supporters of Alexander of Islay, Earl of Ross:
Clan Donald + allies
Supporters of James I of Scotland
Commanders and leaders
Donald Balloch
Alasdair Carrach.
Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar
Allan Stewart, 4th Earl of Caithness
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
30 900
Official nameBattle of Inverlochy I
Designated14 December 2012
Reference no.BTL34

With the murder of King James 6 years later, Alexander was liberated, and renewed the campaign of vengeance against the Royalist supporters.

The pibroch The End of the Great Bridge is traditionally held to have been composed during the battle and Piobaireachd Domhnull Dubh, named for clan chief Donald Dubh Cameron, commemorates the battle.[2][3][4][5]

See also

Notes and references

  • Bower, Walter, Scotichronicon, 1987–96.
  • Brown, M., James I, 1994.
  • MacDonald, Hugh, History of the MacDonalds, in Highland Papers, vol. I, 1914.

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