The Conflict of Clachnaharry
About the year of God 1341, John Munro, tutor of Fowlis,
travelling homeward on his journey from the south of Scotland, towards Ross, did repoose
himself by the way, in Strathardale, betwixt Saint Johnstone and Athole, where he fell at
variance with the inhabitants of that country, who had abused him, which he determined to
Being come to Ross, he gathered together his whole kinsmen,
neighbours and followers, and declared unto them how he had been used, and craves their
aid to revenge himself, whereunto they yield. Thereupon he singled out 350 of the
strongest and ablest men among them, and so went to Strathardale, which he wasted and
spoiled, killed some of the people, and carried away their cattle. In this return home (as
he was passing by the Isle of Moy with his prey), Mackintosh, chieftian of the Clan
Chattan, sent to him to crave a part of the spoil, challenging the same as due to him by
John Munro offered Mackintosh a reasonable portion, which he
refused to accept, and would have no less than half of the whole spoil. whereunto John
would not yield. So Mackintosh, convening his forces with all diligence, followed John
Munro, and overtook him at Clachnaharry, beside Kessock, within one mile of Inverness.
John, perceiving them coming, sent fifty of his men to Ferrindonnell, with the spoil, and
encouraged the rest of his men to fight.
So there ensued a cruel conflict, where Mackintosh was slain
with the most part of his company. Divers of the Munros were also killed, and John Munro
left as dead on the field; but after all was appeased, he was taken up by some of the
people thereabout who carried him to their houses, where he recovered of his wounds, and
was afterwards called John Back-lawighe, because he was mutilated of an hand.