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The Glencoe Massacre took place - On this day in Scottish history

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The Glencoe Massacre took place on 13 February 1692, when 38 male members of the Macdonald clan were killed by royalist forces acting under the orders of Captain Robert Campbell of Glencoyn, following a signed order from King William, who believed that members of Clan Macdonald has been slow to pledge allegiance to him.

The massacre took place in the early hours of 13 February, in three settlements of Glen Coe: Ivercoe, Iverrigan and Achacon – and around forty women and children who were forced to flee the scene died later of exposure to the cold. 

The atrocity attracted widespread sympathy for the Jacobite cause, which would flourish in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and Sir Walter Scott’s later romanticism of this period in time, in novels such as The Highland Widow.

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