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The Battle of Culloden
Characteristic Bravery of the Highlanders


From the characteristic bravery of the Highlanders, and their contempt of death, it is not improbable that some of those who perished, as well on the field after the battle as in the flight, did not yield their lives without a desperate struggle; but history has preserved one case of individual prowess in the person of Golice Macbane, which deserves to be recorded in every history relating to the Highlanders. This man, who is represented to have been of the gigantic stature of six feet four inches and a quarter, was beset by a party of dragoons. When assailed, he placed his back against a wall, and though covered with wounds, he defended himself with his target and claymore against the onset of the dragoons, who crowded upon him. Some officers, who observed the unequal conflict, were so struck with the desperate bravery of Macbane, that they gave orders to save him; but the dragoons, exasperated by his resistance, and the dreadful havoc he had made among their companions, thirteen of whom lay dead at his feet, would not desist till they had succeeded in cutting him down.

According to the official accounts published by the government, the royal army had only 50 men killed, and 259 wounded, including 18 officers, of whom 4 were killed. Lord Robert Kerr, second son of the Marquis of Lothian, and a captain of grenadiers in Barrel's regiment, was the only person of distinction killed; he fell covered with wounds, at the head of his company, when the Highlanders attacked Barrel's regiment. The loss on the side of the Highlanders was never ascertained with any degree of precision. The number of the slain is stated, in some publications of the period, to have amounted to upwards of 2,000 men, but these accounts are exaggerated. The loss could not, however, be much short of 1,200 men. The Athole brigade alone lost more than the half of its officers and men, and some of the centre battalions came off with scarcely a third of their men. The Mackintoshes, who were the first to attack, suffered most. With the exception of three only, all the officers of this brave regiment, including Macgillivray of Drumnaglass, its colonel, the lieutenant-colonel, and major, were killed in the attack. All the other centre regiments also lost several officers. Maclauchlan, colonel of the united regiment of Maclauchlan and Maclean, was killed by a cannon ball in the beginning of the action, and Maclean of Drimmin, who, as lieutenant-colonel, succeeded to the command, met a similar fate from a random shot. He had three sons in the regiment, one of whom fell in the attack, and, when leading off the shattered remains of his forces, he missed the other two, and, in returning to look after them, received the fatal bullet.

Charles Fraser, younger of Inverallachie, the lieutenant-colonel of the Fraser regiment, and who, in the absence of the Master of Lovat, commanded it on this occasion, was also killed. When riding over the field after the battle, the Duke of Cumberland observed this brave youth lying wounded. Raising himself upon his elbow, he looked at the duke, who, offended at him, thus addressed one of his officers: "Wolfe, shoot me that Highland scoundrel who thus dares to look on us with so insolent a stare." Wolfe, horrified at the inhuman order, replied that his commission was at his royals highness's disposal, but that he would never consent to become an executioner. Other officers refusing to commit this act of butchery, a private soldier, at the command of the duke, shot the hapless youth before his eyes. The Appin regiment had 17 officers and gentlemen slain, and 10 wounded; and the Athole brigade, which lost fully half its men, had 19 officers killed, and 4 wounded. The fate of the heroic Keppoch has been already mentioned. Among the wounded, the principal was Lochiel, who was shot in both ancles with some grape-shot, at the head of his regiment, after discharging his pistol, and while in the act of drawing his sword. On falling, his two brothers, between whom he was advancing, raised him up, and carried him off the field in their arms. To add to his misfortunes, Charles also lost a considerable number of gentlemen, his most devoted adherents, who had charged on foot in the first rank.


The Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment Culloden Mattlefield Marker

Imagine for a moment please, if I and my relations, went to the cemetery where your ancestors are buried, then offered money to the cemetery to have our surname placed on their memorials, and then after intense objections from yourself and your family, they carved my surname on your ancestors marker anyway and then cashed the check. That is exactly what happened in 2006 at the Culloden Battlefield.

We are very disappointed not to receive a reply to my previous mail to the Culloden Battlefield, concerning the offensive desecration of the Appin McLaurins and other clansmen in the Appin Regiment who were killed at Culloden. The matter I am referring to is the placing of the name "MacLaren" on the Appin Regiment battlefield marker eleven years ago. The campaign called by the Clan MacLaren Society "The 2nd Battle of Culloden" conducted by Donald MacLaren of MacLaren and his courtesans in 2006, against the NTS and the Stewarts, the very people they attacked whose marker they wanted to stamp their name on. It was an act of contempt to the thirteen Appin McLaurins who actually fought and died in the "Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment" and to this day disecrates the ground where they died.

There is no historical evidence whatsoever for there being Balquhidder MacLarens in the "Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment". It is a myth perpetuated by those who only know the tourist history of Scotland and wish to preserve the myth for self-serving reasons, even to the point of writing a check and loaning a fake "Donald of Invernenty" sword to the Battlefield. I have undisputable evidence that the sword never belonged to Donald MacLaren from Invernenty from the previous owner Dr. Janet McLaren fro P.E.I. who gave the sword to Donald Maclaren of Maclaren as a gift in 1973 and also from Donald Invernenty's descendants here in America.

The Lyon Court recognizes the Appin and Ardchattan McLaurins as a different race from the Perthshire MacLarens, recent DNA data confirms this ruling from 1957 by Sir Thomas Innes of Learney.

I and other Appin McLaurins have been deeply offended by this action conducted by the modern Clan MacLaren Societies and their chief, a clan that only came into existance in 1957, two hundred years after Culloden. So why did they have anything to say on what was on the marker anyway, besides offering cash in exchange for history?

We are capable of sending .pdf files of both contemporaneous records and recently published articles by respected historians, concerning who actually was in the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment. The often cited "Order Book of the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment" has no mention of Donald MacLaren, I have a .pdf copy from your National War Museum if you would like to see for yourself, all of those previous historian/authors simply copied one another and where negligent to not look for themselves.

In 1746, Donald MacLaren from Invernenty did play a heroic role in the "Atholl Brigade" with a handful of other Balquhidder MacLarens at the request of the Duke of Atholl himself, I can send you copies of the period letters found in the available online "Atholl Chronicles" provng this true history, a history much more fascinating than a Donald MacLaren from Invernenty leading a fictional "Discrete Contingent" of MacLarens in the Appin Regiment.

Here is some of their publication depicting their side of the story. Please read "A Note from Hamish" in its entirety to gain insight into the arrogance and disrespect for the NTS and the Appin Regiment.

Sincerely
Hilton McLaurin

Below we post a selection of pdf reports

The Appin Regiment

Order Book of the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment 1745-46

Order 21 onwards

Other Orders

More Orders

And More Orders

Appin's List

Dear Alastair

I hope this note finds you well. Val Sweeney v.sweeney@spp-group.com at the Inverness Courier has taken the lead on this campaign to have the marker removed, I am hoping she interviews Naill and Stewart, would you have the McIntyre stance on this since there were several McIntyres in the Appin Regiment.

Three days old http://clanmaclaurinsociety.com/ homepage has a very brief description of the three clans of the "sons of Laurence" and other information.

Here are copies of the James MacLaren vs. Margaret Stewart in 1797 case where James McLaren describes fifty years after the fact that Dugald Stewart of Appin was his Patron and that Donald was a follower of Appin.

The case is a battle over a sum of money left over after a land transaction. The original owner of the land was involved on the losing side of the 1745 rebellion, and arranged to sell his land to a neighbour - or at least appear to do so - in order to avoid it being confiscated by the government. Half a century later, the descendants of the two sides were arguing over whether that land sale was legitimate or false - was the land being sold once and for all, or was it just security against a loan from the purchaser?. It looks as though it was accidentally sold once and for all!

Take Care
Hilton

Memorial for James MacLaren v Mrs Margaret Stewart

Information for Mrs Margaret Stewrt v James MacLaren

Well Done

In Scots Law the Clan BELONGS to the Chief. If two or three MacX gather together and claim they are the fighting men of the clan, then they can be considered so IF and ONLY IF they have their Chief's blessing.

Stewart of Appin took no part in the Rising. The Stewarts present were under the command of Ardshiel who was NOT acting with the blessing of the Chief so they were NOT there as Stewarts of Appin.

I am very interested in the documents relating to Inerventy as the Muster Roll (edited by my late father) SEEMS to indicate that he was in the Appin Regiment.

I told Donald MacLaren of MacLaren face to face that he was rewriting history to puff himself up at the expense of others, and that I did not consider those actions worthy of a gentleman, that I did not consider him to be a gentleman ad that he was a laughing stock in Appin. He wrote to me afterwards trying to defend his position.

As I wrote some time ago:

The Appin Regiment joined the Army of Prince Charles Edward Stewart in August 1745 at Invergarry. It consisted of Stewarts from Achnacone, Ardsheal, Ballachulish, Fasnacloich, Invernahyle and other places in the Appin area. Also included in it were MacColls, Maclarens, Carmichaels, MacIntyres. MacCormacks and Livingstones (or MacLeas). The regiment was led, not by the Young Chief of Appin, but by his uncle, Charles Stewart of Ardsheal….. The Appin regimental strength was about 300. Of this number 92 were killed including 22 Stewarts and 18 MacColls. The seriously wounded numbered 65, 25 being Stewarts and 15 MacColls. Thirteen MacKenzies from the Strath of Appin fought in this regiment. Five are recorded on the Stewart of Appin stone in Kinlochlaigh. Seventeen MacCumbichs from Duror also served of which eight were killed at Culloden.”[1]

Charles Stewart of Ardsheal was out against the wishes of his chief, the young Stewart of Appin. As Sir Crispin Agnew pointed out a Clan is owned by its Chief. Therefore the Stewarts of Appin were not there as a clan unit per se and certainly not as the Stewarts of Appin.

There were thirteen captains, all Stewarts apart from Donald Maclaren from Invernentie. Of the 19 junior officers there were 16 Stewarts, two MacColls and one MacKenzie. The surgeon was the Appin Doctor – a Maclaren.

Recently the inscription of the marker stone at Culloden was altered from simply “The Appin Regiment” to include “The Stewarts of Appin and Maclarens”. This wording was changed by the National Trust of Scotland at the instigation of the Maclarens despite numerous objections from other parties.

In a letter to John Swinney MSP of 28th February 2008 Mark Adderly, then Chief Executive, summarised their position. He wrote that:

There were two traditional clan units.. mainly the Stewarts of Appin and the Balquidder Maclarens led by their Chieftain Donald Maclaren of Invernenty;
There is no mention of any MacInnes or other non-Stewart officers;
That others were there including Livingstones, Carmichaels, MacIntyres and MacInnesses but that they were there as septs of the Clan Stewart.
As the Muster Roll shows this is complete nonsense: We can see that non-Stewart line officers comprised two MacColls, one MacKenzie and Donald Maclaren. The NTS assertion that there were no non-Stewart officers apart from Maclaren is incorrect.

Of great interest, however, is the fact that the Muster Roll records “Thirteen MacKenzies from the Strath of Appin fought in this regiment” and they were led by a MacKenzie officer. This unit, numerically greater than the Maclarens, is not mentioned on the marker, which is very strange given the NTS logic.

Furthermore there were two MacColl officers and 25 other ranks. The Muster Roll states “The Appin regimental strength was about 300. Of this number 92 were killed including 22 Stewarts and 18 MacColls.” The MacColls were a major contingent and suffered greatly.

There were also MacLeas(Livingstones), Carmichaels, MacInnes and MacIntyres there but not under the leadership of their chiefs or even lairds and certainly not as Septs of the Stewarts of Appin.

Strictly speaking, in the Appin Regiment, there were no traditional clan units lead by recognised Clan Chiefs.

The Colonel of the Regiment, Charles Stewart of Ardsheal, was out against the wishes of his chief therefore the Stewarts were not there as a clan unit per se. To describe them as Stewarts of Appin is incorrect.

Although Maclaren chiefs were recorded in 1587 and 1594, some time after that they became described as a broken clan being both "chiefless and landless". At the time of the ’45 they had no recognised chief and are described as followers of the Stewarts of Appin[2] in the 1934 Edition of Clans Septs and Regiments that was heavily revised by Tommas Innes who later became the Lord Lyon Sir Thomas Innes of Learney.

Donald Maclaren, a cattle drover, was the only Maclaren from outwith Appin. The Maclaren other ranks were all from Appin and were out following their Stewart lairds. As such, according to Sir Crispin Agnew, they are clearly there as adherents of the Stewarts. There is no evidence to support the contention that they were a unit from Balquidder.

The NTS assertion that there were only Stewart and Maclaren officers is incorrect. Even if it were accepted that, as there were Maclaren other ranks and a Maclaren officer, they operated as a distinct unit within the Appin Regiment then this would also apply to the MacKenzies and MacColls. Yet neither of these units, both numerically superior and having suffered far greater losses, is mentioned on the marker.

There were also Livingstones/MacLeas, Carmichaels, MacInnes and MacIntyres there but not under the leadership of their chiefs or even lairds.

This wrong needs to be put right!

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

[1] No Quarter Given: The Muster Roll of Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Army, 1745-46, by Christian Aikman, Alastair Livingstone of Bachuil, , and Betty Stuart Hart

[2] The Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands, 1934, Frank Adam, Thomas Innes

Regards

Niall

Bachuil,
Isle of Lismore,
By Oban,
Argyll,
PA34 5UL

Dear Mr. McLaurin,

As the Clan Maclea Livingstone Society Historian I have read with great excitement and interest your recent messages and the simply amazing information which you included with them. You have obviously spent a great deal of time meticulously researching this issue of great concern to you and to our Clan as well.

Thank-you so much for speaking out with a voice loud and clear in solidarity with other descendants of the Clans connected to the 1745-1745-1746 Appin Regiment who over last ten years have expressed outrage at the unjustified actions of some Mclaurens and some at the NTS to disregard and distort the historical facts regarding the Appin Regiment to suit their own agenda. When the NTS went ahead with modifying the Appin Marker I was filled with much disappointment and despair, but your well documented and articulate campaign against that marker in it's current form has given me new hope that this injustice can possibly in the future be rectified.

I know this will likely never happen, but in an ideal world I personally would like to see in addition to Appin Regiment marker restored to the way it was, an effort to have erected a detailed memorial sign, beside the marker acknowledging that besides the Stewarts of Appin including the Ardsheals, the Fasnacloich's, the Achnacone's and Inverhyle's and other Stewart commoners there were members of other Clans also who were a part of the Appin Regiment and who likely were at the Battle of Culloden. Based on original memoranda circa 1746 regarding the Killed and Wounded of the Appin Regiment of Charles Stewart, nephew of Fasnacloich, Captain in the Highland Army and sometimes Quartermaster General and Secretary to Prince Edward Stuart, I think such as memorial should include in addition to Stewart all other clans as indicated in 1746," Cameron, Carmichael, Henderson, MacArthur, Maccananich, Maccoll, Maccombich, Maccorcadill, MacDonald, Macilduie, Macinishe, Macintyre, Mackenzie, Maclachlan, Maclaren, Maclea, Macranken and Macuchkader." This is based on an old Appin Stewart casualty information that author Donald William Stewart compiled into a list and included in his 1893 limited edition book entitled "Old and Rare Scottish Tartans". No information on where he found the information. Perhaps it was in with the Stuart Papers. I just happened to stumble upon this Donald William Stewart book with this apparently rare, contemporary Appin Stewart list by accident in our public library in their rare books collection about 10 years ago.

Another late 19th century book, "The Stewarts of Appin" I am sure you aware of, by J.H. and D. Stewart also includes their own more detailed list of Appin Regiment casualties based apparently based on a mysterious MS. of Alexander Stewart 8th of Invernahyle that was copied by one of the authors apparently. Some years ago now, I contacted the Stewart Society regarding what became of this document of Alexander Stewart . They were very interested in my inquiry, but they had no information at the time as to what had happened to it in the years since. The Stewarts of Appin book gives a more detailed breakdown of the casualties suffered by the prominent families of Clan Stewart as well as the commoners, but also includes a list of the other clans the "Commoner, followers of Appin" as they put it. Going by the alternative casualty list included in the Stewarts of Appin book, in addition to Stewart's there were M'Colls, Maclarens, Carmichaels, M'Combiches, M'Intyres, M'Innishes or McInnises, M'Ildeus or Blacks, Mackenzies, M'Corquadales, M'Uchaders, Hendersons, M'Rankens, McCormacks or Buchannans, Camerons, M'Donalds, M'Lachlans, Macleas or Livingstones, M'Arthurs, and one apparently of a Haldane family a relative of a Stewart of Ardsheil. The authors of the Stewart of Appin book appear to updated the original MS to include the later clan names of Blacks, Buchannans and Livingstones with that of their earlier names M'Ildeus or Macilduie, McCormacks and Macleas or Alexander Stewart 8th of Invernahyle did on his MS.

I am of the opinion that the Charles Stewart of Fasnacloich information is likely the oldest source of Appin Stewart Regiment casualties and likely the clan names were recorded circa 1746 with the spelling and Clan name most familiar at the time to him and the Prince. Indeed it is possible that Alexander Stewart 8th of Invernahyle based his now apparently lost list in part on the Charles Stewart of Fasnacloich list I am referring to and other additional detailed sources he had pertaining to the Stewart family in the 1745 Rebellion. I am hoping perhaps someday some astute researcher like yourself will relocate the Charles Stewart of Fasnacloich memoranda to Bonnie Prince Charlie pertaining to the Appin Stewart casualties and reveal it's location.

Regards,

Donald (Livingstone) Clink
Historian
Clan Maclea Livingstone Society

Hi Hilton, 

As I have discovered Highland folklore from my own experience in recent years, may contain a strong mythic component to it but it also may be based in historical fact. Over they years the original story was told and told in the old Highland oral tradition not unlike the legendary tales passed on from generation to generation orally in ancient Greece before Homer and others centuries later began collecting and writing them down. As these Highland tales were told the old story tellers over the years, there became variations of the original tale and more than one version of the original story or myth came about. And inevitably some tales though based in fact, some aspects of the story may be an exaggerated or just not true. 

 In the case of our own Clan the story of Donald Livingstone 1728-1816 of Savary, Morvern is for the most part based in fact, but I can see that there some additional parts of the story of his adventures at the time of Jacobite Rebellion that may have embellished somewhat by others over the years. The source of much of what we know of Donald Livingstone and his rescue of the Appin Regiment I have learned came from Donald Livingstone himself who lived a long life after the Battle of Culloden and is known to have told anyone who would listen to him at his Inn in Savary, Morvern, tales of his experiences at the Battle of Culloden. In more recent years I discovered that some of his brother EWen's family settled in Ohio and New York State including two elderly Nieces of Donald who were born in the 1770's and 1780's and as it turns out spent a lot of time with old Donald in their youth. They are said to have heard first hand accounts from old Donald himself in Savary, Morvern regarding his experiences at the Battle of Culloden and probably other stories of his life.  A young nephew of these elderly Livingston ladies born abt. 1850 in Ohio grew up in Ohio hearing them them tell these tales of his famous Morvern relative from these ladies and from other Morvern Livingston relatives who lived in America. 

This young nephew Duncan Livingston later became a prominent Ohio Lawyer and in later years of his life decided to research the Battle of Culloden, the Stewarts of Appin and to write down some details of what he had been told as a boy about his famous Morvern, Argyll relative Donald Livingstone of Savary from the old Morvern relatives in America who knew Donald.  No doubt in the story of the Donald Livingstone during the Battle of Culloden and adventures that took place following the battle since then have become mythic and almost legendary and some later versions of the story that came into being probably in the years following his death in 1816 may not be entirely be the same as the original story told by Donald, but I do believe as in the case of some other Highland tales out there some of them may have a basis in fact but there is also an element of embellishment of the original story perhaps. I guess in the end that is just the nature of those kind of stories. And of course there could be stories  without any basis in truth, but are none the less generally accepted and unquestioned as part of local legends. 

Old Donald Livingstone died in 1816 as any old man in his eighties but his legacy lived on among Morvern Livingstons. By the end of the 19th century most of the Morvern Livingstons had been removed from Morvern Parish either by the forced evictions from their farms or by their own choice emigrating to the Lowlands, Canada, the United States and Australia or New Zealand. I found it most interesting to learn that in the 19th century a family related to Donald Livingstone kept his story alive all those years after his death. Others have apparently done the same including some from Clan McInnes who consider him one of their own because his mother Anna McInnes was of their Clan. In  truth the Morvern McInnes families and the Morvern Livingston families I have found to be closely related cousins as Livingstons often married someone from Clan Mcinnes and vice versa over the years. 

regards, 

Donald 


Donalds true heroism (that is very well documented in contemporaneous letters in the Atholl Archive) in recruiting the men of Balquhidder, Strathearn and Glen Almond, under the nose of the British garrisons stationed there, for the Prince's cause in late January, early February 1746 at the request of the returned from exile Duke of Atholl, before Donald and his men joined his brother Duncan also from Invernenty in the Atholl Brigade. Donald was captured in July 1746 with other Atholl Brigade officers in the Braes of Leny. I doubt they let him keep his sword if he had one.

Donalds accomplice in this clandestine activity was his friend Grigor Murray of Coinechean, who was executed by the British shortly after, a fate that Donald escaped.


Here is a list of the contemporaneous documents that prove Donald McLaren of Invernenty was in the Atholl Regiment and not in the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment. The first four clearly show that the Duke of Atholl was feudal superior to the Balquhidder McLarens specificially Donald and Duncan McLaren of Invernenty.

There are no, zero, nada, contemporaneous documents placing Donald McLaren in the Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment, none whatsoever.

See attachments.

1. In 1736 James Murray 2nd Duke of Atholl granted a feu over two and a half merk land of Easter Invernenty for five scots annually to Donald M'Laren in Invernenty.

Chronicles of Atholl and Tullibardine Families.

2. On 28 October 1738, James Scott in Kincraigie acted as attorney for Duncan MacLaren, portioner of Wester Innernenty, presenting a Charter of Resignation and a precept of sasine from the Duke of Atholl in favour of Duncan McLaren granting to him and his heirs in feu farm the just and equal half of the town and lands of Wester Innernenty including half of the two and half merk lands, Wester Innernenty between it, and Easter Innernenty, burn Blair-fearnach which runs between Easter and Wester Blairfearnach and from the march dyke to top of Craigvrech and from the top of Craigvrech to the top of Strobvrech and from the top of Stobvrech to the top of Sliguanin. Grazings were the arable ground and meadows which had been divided by march stones and balks, these boundaries were then described in detail. A Duncan McLaren was portioner of Wester Invernenty which means he already owned part of the lands, presumably the other half. In 1736, John McLaren disponed his half to Duncan, so in 1738, Duncan became the owner of the whole of Wester Invernenty!"

Chronicles of Atholl and Tullibardine Families.

3. In 1743 Donald and Duncan M'Laren in Invernenty together give a bond for 1300 Scots to the Duke of Atholl.

Chronicles of Atholl and Tullibardine Families.

4. Original Warrant from Duke Wiliam of Atholl for raising the whole Lands of Balquhidder for the King's service, addressed to Alexander Steuart of Glenbucky and Robert Murray of Glencarnock dated Camp at Blair, Sept. 2, 1745.

Chronicles of Atholl and Tullibardine Families.

5. 8 Sept. 1745 MacLarens are probably there, as they are related to both families.

"According to promise Glencarnock, Duncan and Evan, his two oldest brothers and eight of our good men came to the place appointed at 12 o'clock. Glencarnock raised the MacGregor Standard, and none of the rest of the gentlemen appeared yet, about 3 o'clock came Steuart of Glenbuckie and forty men, and as Arnprior (Buchnan of Leny) was before them, MacGregor of Glencarnock and Steuart of Glenbuckie and Ronald MacGregor from Kirktown with forty men marched straight for Callander so that they would get Arnprior to join them at Callander : Arnprior met us at Kilmahog, no more with him but a single man. He invited Glencarnock and Glenbuckie up to Leny House that night ; Glencarnock said that he and his men would be together at Callander, Glenbuckie went with him (Arnprior) to Leny that night, and shot himself before the morning. This made a confusion amongst us, such a thing happening so early. The Stewarts got him coffined, set off with him on their shoulders and got him tombed that night, and they never joined us more.

History of Clan Gregor, 1901 pg. 365

6. Donald McLaren's letter to James Stewart of Cluns Atholl Brigade, Jan. 1746 from Touch, Stirling with John Roy Stewarts Edinburgh Regiment.

Chronicles of Atholl and Tullibardine Families.

7. Willam Murray Duke of Atholl’s letter to Gregor Murray Feb. 1746

Chronicles of Atholl and Tullibardine Families.

8. Grigor Murray to Mungo Murray letter Feb. 1746 describing the Duke of Atholls order to assemble at Blair Atholl

Chronicles of Atholl and Tullibardine Families.

9. Campbell of Glenorchy describing seeing Donald McLaren the Drover with Sir Henry Sinclair and others on 22nd, April 1746. Not with the Appin Regiment
MS3735,#291

10. Account of Donald’s capture with other Atholl Regiment Officers.

"In July of 1746 Capt. Donald MacLaren was captured along with three other officers of the Atholl Brigade. "Upon the 15th Instant, Capt. James Campbell, commanding the Perth Volunteers in Balquhidder, having information of several Rebel Officers having returned to the Braes of that Country, went himself with a Party by the South side of the loch, whilst Daniel M’Euen, his Ensign, went up the Strath of that Country, towards Glenkarnock; but notwithstanding all the precaution used by the Captain, they found Means to escape, 12 towards the Braes of Brodalbine, and 18 towards the Breas of Lenny, and the Forrest of Glenartney. The Captain having Information thereof, marched with about 30 of his Men towards the Breas of Lenny, divided them so as to surround a party of them in a Sheill [a summer hut up in the hills used for grazing livestock], and to guard the Passes below, that none of them might escape. About Five o’Clock the Party under Ensign M’Euen surrounded a Lodge or Sheilling hut, from which they received a very brisk Fire, from the Door and two Windows, for 15 Minutes or upwards, which was returned by the Volunteers with the same Alacrity; afterwards the Rebels lodged in the Hutt, being all wounded except one, surrendered, viz. Major Stewart, Brother to the Laird of Advorlick; Capt. Malcolm M’Gregor of Comour; Capt. Donald MacLaren; Sergeant King, Alias M’Ree, late of Sir Patrick Murray’s Highland Regiment 2nd Battalion, Atholl Brigade, and three private Men. Of our Men none were hurt tho’ several Balls went through their Cloaths, especially Thomas More the late Lieutenant Follie, who always shewed himself upon every Occasion, "willing to destroy Rebels". "Extract of a Letter from Sterling, dated July 22, 1746

11. Lord President Forbes account places Balquhidder McLarens in the Atholl Regiment.

12. The Order Book of The Stewart of Appin Clan Regiment so often cited as the sources for Donald McLaren in the Appin Regiment actually makes no mention of Donald. I can email the .pdf files from the War Museum if anyone would like them

13. Appin's List May 3, 1746 no mention of Donald McLaren

14. Stonefield List July 6, 1746 no mention of Donald McLaren
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lVcmV2RBx68/VurCzAgpGaI/AAAAAAAAB1Q/3N8-mLajvncK-ThunMG01CrTqYeqHDIjw/s1600/Stonefield%2Bdisputes.jpg

Also, the "Protector of the Clan" sword presented to Donald MacLaren of MacLaren in 1973, by Dr. Janet McLaren his "Tutor" was misrepresented in 2007 to the NTS as belonging to Donald McLaren Invernenty. If ever there was a time to claim that the sword belonged to her ancestor Donald McLaren of Invernenty, it would be at Donald MacLaren of MacLaren's reception in the presence of Donald, his mother Margaret, Lord MacDonald and Sir Iain Moncrieffe of that Ilk. Dr. MacLaren never claimed the sword belonged to her ancestor neither before or after this reception as far as I know. Dr. McLaren had passed away by 2007.


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