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Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, Scotland - nave exterior from the north east.

Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, Scotland – nave exterior from the north east.

The scene leading up to the Battle of Dunkeld.
John Graham of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee, ‘Bonnie Dundee’ of legend and song, headed an army, mainly of Highlanders with an Irish contingent, which defeated a government force at the Battle of Killiecrankie. They fought on behalf of the catholic King James VII of Scotland and II of England who had fled in self-imposed exile. His opponents were loyal to his protestant successor, King William. The Highland charge swept all before it and the government forces were routed. Dundee was fatally wounded at the very start and did not survive to enjoy his convincing victory. The government was seriously rattled and feared that the Jacobites would gain more recruits and sweep south as their cause gathered momentum. They had to be stopped.

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