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Battle of Falkirk


Before noticing Charles's proceedings at Glasgow, it is necessary to give a short summary of those of his friends in the north, up to the period of his arrival in that city.

When intelligence of the Chevalier's march into England, and his unexpected success at Carlisle was received in the north, the zeal of the Jacobites was more and more inflamed. Whilst the Frasers, headed by the Master of Lovat, blockaded Fort Augustus, Lord Lewis Gordon was busily employed in raising men, and levying money by force and threats of military execution, in the shires of Bamff and Aberdeen. Of two battalions which his lordshop raised, one was placed under the command of Gordon of Abbachie, and the other under Moir of Stonywood.

To relieve Fort Augustus, the Earl of Loudon left Inverness on the 3rd of December with 600 men of the independent companies, and passing through Stratherrick during a very severe frost, reached Fort Augustus without opposition, and having supplied the garrison with every thing necessary for its defence, returned to Inverness on the 8th, after notifying to the inhabitants of Statherrick the risk they would incur should they leave their houses and join the insurgents.

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