It was now almost dark, and as the fires of
Hawley's camp indicated an apparent intention on his part to retain possession of the
town, the officers assembled at the bottom of the hill, considered it unsafe to advance
farther, till they had ascertained the state of matters. To procure intelligence, Mr.
Drummond, eldest son of Lord Strathallan, and Oliphant, younger of Gask, entered Falkirk,
disguised as peasants, and having ascertained that General Hawley,after issuing orders to
set fire to his tents, had abandoned the town, and was retreating on Linlithgow, they
immediately returned to their friends with the information. The body collected at the foot
of the hill now advanced upon Falkirk, in three detachments; one of which, under Lochiel,
entered the town at the west end, another under Lord George Murray, at the centre, and the
other, under Lord John Drummond, by a lane called the Cow wynd, at the east end. Some
stragglers, who had remained behind, were taken prisoners, one of whom fired at Lord John
Drummond, when about to seize him, and wounded him slightly in the arm. Information of the
occupation of the town, by the Highlanders, was sent to the prince, who immediately
repaired thither, and took up his residence in a house which fronts the steeple.
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