High Bridge Action 16th August 1745

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Reference WMO/270861

Address:

Near Highbridge Kennels

2 miles from Spean Bridge

PH34 4EX

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Cairn
Materials:
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Rock/Rough Stone Rock/Rough Stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Jacobite Rebellions (1708-1746)
About the memorial: Minor road North from crossroads 1 mile West of Spean Bridge signposted Highbridge. Cairn about 1 mile down road on right. Right fork about 200 yards before memorial. Close to Highbridge Kennels. Rough stone cairn with metal plaque at the roadside above High Bridge / Highbridge (both spellings are used). Commemorates the action there on 16th August 1745. . Full set of Mr Briscoe's photos on the IWM link.
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ACTION AT HIGH BRIDGE Near this spot on August 16 1745, the first action of the "Forty- / Five" took place. Donald MacDonell of Tirnadris with eleven men / and a piper from Keppoch's Clan, by making use of the now demolished / High Bridge Inn and surrounding trees to conceal the smallness of / their number, succeeded in preventing two companies of The 1st / Royal regiment of Foot (later The Royal Scots) from crossing the / High Bridge over the River Spean. This force consisting of about / eighty five men, had been sent from Fort Augustus to reinforce the / garrison at Fort William. ERECTED BY THE 1745 ASSOCIATION

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