Monday, September 13, 2010

Battle of Aberdeen

'...It was owing to such causes, the slackness of the Lowland loyalists and the temporary desertion of his Highland followers, that Montrose found himself, even after the decisive victory of Tippermuir, in no condition to face the second army with which Argyle advanced upon him from the westward. In this emergency, supplying by velocity the want of strength, he moved suddenly from Perth to Dundee, and being refused admission into that town, fell northward upon Aberdeen, where he expected to be joined by the Gordons and other loyalists. But the zeal of these gentlemen was, for the time, effectually bridled by a large body of Covenanters, commanded by the Lord Burleigh, and supposed to amount to three thousand men. These Montrose boldly attacked with half their number. The battle was fought under the walls Of the city, and the resolute valour of Montrose's followers was again successful against every disadvantage...'

The text above is from Walter Scott's "A Legend of Montrose", and in a broad stroke treats the Battle of Aberdeen, which occurred on September 13, 1644.  In this battle, James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose, fighting as a royalist for Charles I of England, defeated Covenanter forces under John Balfour, Lord Burleigh.  The battle was part of the Wars of Three Kingdoms, which ran between 1644 - 1651.

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