Battle of Cromdale 1690

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Reference WMO/260899


Cromadale Kirk

Bridge over the River Spey

Cromdale, Badenoch and Strathspey


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Painted
  • Jacobite Rebellions (1708-1746)
About the memorial: The drop-down menu defines the Jacobite Wars as 1708-47, but this certainly qualifies as shown by the inscription seen in the photo and under the Names tab.
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THE BATTLE OF CROMDALE/Early on the 1st of May, 1690, under cover of darkness,/the Government army of mounted dragoons, led by/Grant guides crossed the River Spey. They by-passed/guards in the vicinity of Cromdale Kirk and, upon the/Haughs of Cromdale at Lethendry, made a surprise/cavalry charge on the main body of the sleeping Jacobite/army. Killing some 400 and capturing about 100, the/Government troops forced the remainder to flee, many/of whom were near naked having been compelled to/abandon their plaids in the confusing circumstances./ This complete rout ended the first Jacobite war in the/Highlands and destroyed any chance of King James/regaining the throne, occupied jointly by his daughter, Mary and her Dutch husband, William of Orange.

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