Girish Mahajan (Editor)

Battle of Dalnaspidal

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
1,200 foot, 800 horse (cavalry).  Unknown
Date  19 July 1654
300 horse captured.  Unknown
Battle of Dalnaspidal httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Location  Loch Garry, United Kingdom
Result  English Parliamentarian victory
Similar  Battle of Tullich, Battle of Inverkeithing, Battle of Carbisdale, Scotland in the Wars of the Three, Battle of Tippermuir

Battle of dalnaspidal

The Battle of Dalnaspidal was a battle during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and one of the last engagements of the Scottish Civil War, bringing an end to the Royalist rising of 1651 to 1654.



The Earl of Glencairn raised the Clan MacGregor from Rannoch. He would have no difficulty recruiting them because one of their opponents was the Earl of Argyll, a Campbell, one of their hereditary enemies. Alexander, the 12th chief of Clan Robertson led his men from Fea Corrie. Both forces met above Annat and marched up the old path to Loch Garry.


On the evening of 19 July 1654, Thomas Morgan surprised John Middleton, 1st Earl of Middleton at Dalnaspidal near Loch Garry on the Drumochter Pass. The Royalist horse had become separated from the foot. When Morgan's superior forces advanced towards them, most of Middleton's cavalry fled, leaving the infantry unprotected. As Morgan's cavalry continued to advance, the Royalist infantry also turned and ran.


The fight at Dalnaspidal broke the Royalist insurrection in the Highlands. Although wounded, Middleton managed to escape into the mountains, but he was never able to gather a substantial force again. Monck wanted all the leaders of the uprising put to death, but the Protector and Council promised a pardon to all those who submitted (see Cromwell's Act of Grace). William, Earl of Glencairn surrendered to General Monck in September 1654. Middleton escaped back to the Continent and rejoined Charles II at Cologne early in 1655.


Battle of Dalnaspidal Wikipedia

Similar Topics
Battle of Carbisdale
Battle of Inverkeithing
Battle of Tippermuir