On Monday 19 August 1745 a small rowing boat landed at the north end of Loch Shiel. It was early afternoon. Prince Charles Edward Stuart, „Bonnie Prince Charlie“ came ashore and met his escort of 50 MacDonalds before retiring to a nearby barn to await the response to letters he had sent to possible supporters all over the Highlands.
Another 150 MacDonalds were quickly on the scene, but for some time it seemed that Bonnie Prince Charlie was going to have to challenge for his father’s right to the thrones of Scotland and England with just 200 men. Then pipes were heard approaching from the north. It was around 1,000 men of the Clan Cameron coming from Achnacarry and Loch Arkaig. Three hundred Macdonnells arrived later, having been delayed by a successful skirmish with Government troops near today’s Spean Bridge.
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