No sooner were they returned out of Dunbeath, but Earl
Alexander, being accompanied by Uistean Mackay (who had been then lately reconciled to his
superior, the Earl of Sutherland), entered into Caithness with all his forces, spoiling
all before him till he came to Girnigo (now called Castle Sinclair), where the Earl of
Caithness then lay.
Earl Alexander escaped himself, hard by the town of Wick,
which is within a mile of Girnigo. They took the town of Wick with little difficulty, and
burnt the same. They besieged the Castle of Girnigo for the space of twelve days, which
was well defended by the Earl of Caithness and those that were within. Earl Alexander,
perceiving that the Castle could not be obtained without a long siege, sent his men abroad
through the county of Caithness to pursue such as had been at the slaughter of George
Gordon, if they could be apprehended; so, having slain divers of them, and spoiled the
country, Earl Alexander returns again with his host into Sutherland in the month of
And this was called La-na-Creich-Moire.