Alexander, Earl of Sutherland, took the slaughter of George
Gordon in evil part, which he determined to revenge, and thereupon dealt with such of his
friends as had credit at Court for the time; by whose means he obtained a Commission
against the slayers of George Gordon; which being gotten, he sent 200 men into Caithness
in February, 1588, conducted by John Gordon of Golspitour, and John Gordon of Backies, who
invaded the parishes of Dunbeath and Latheron in Caithness with all hostility, spoiling
and burning the same; they killed John, James's son, a gentleman of Caithness, with some
others; and this was called Creach-lairn.