Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

14/2/2011

Massacre ‘under trust’ on a freezing February night

One of the most infamous crimes in Scottish history took place in freezing weather on 13 February, 1692, when an attempt was made to wipe out the MacDonalds of Glencoe by guests who had accepted their hospitality. The MacDonalds had been rebels, but had taken the oath of allegiance to King William and felt safe when they received 120 soldiers with the usual Highland courtesy. Captain Robert Campbell and his men had been billeted with the MacDonalds for two weeks when the order arrived on 12 February “to cut off these miscreants root and branch.” Campbell was told that he should “put all to the sword under seventy” in a 5am surprise attack, while his hosts were sleeping. for more click here

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