Blar Leine

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Canmore ID 23808
Site Number NN29NE 2
NGR NN 289 967
Former Region HIGHLAND
Former District LOCHABER
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NN29NE 2 289 967.

(NN 289 967) Blar Leine. Site of Conflict between the Clans Macdonell and Fraser (NAT).
OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

The battle of Blar-na-Leine (popularly the Field of the Shirts, but really the Gaelic, Blar na Leana, the Field of the Swampy Meadow) was fought in the summer of 1544 (15th July (Anderson and Anderson 1842)) John of Moidart, chief of Clan Ranald, supported by Macdonalds and Camerons, attacked and defeated Hugh, Lord Lovat, and Ranald Gallda and the Frasers who were returning home along the Great Glen after assisting the Earl of Huntly, whose army had penetrated as far as Inverlochy, in an abortive campaign against the Highlanders.
W MacKay 1914; G Anderson and P Anderson 1842.

Books and References

Anderson and Anderson, G and P (1842) Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland including Orkney and Zetland, Edinburgh
Page(s): 69 Held at RCAHMS D.20.AND.R

Mackay, W (1914) Urquhart and Glenmoriston: olden times in a Highland parish, Inverness
Page(s): 94-6

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