Glencoe — Cruel is the snow…

Before Culloden and before the Highland Clearances, there was Glencoe.

“ For His Majesty's Service, to
Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon.


You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the MacDonalds of Glencoe, and to put all to the sword under seventy. You are to have a special care that the old fox and his sons do upon no account escape your hands. You are to secure all the avenues that no man escape. This you are to put in execution at five of the clock precisely; and by that time, or very shortly after it. I'll strive to be at you with a stronger party. If I do not come to you at five, you are not to tarry for me, but to fall on. This is by the King's special command, for the good and safety of the country, that these miscreants be cut off root and branch. See that this be put in execution without feud or favour, else you may expect to be dealt with as one not true to King nor Government, nor a man fit to carry Commission in the King's service. Expecting you will not fail in the fulfilling hereof, as you love yourself, I subscribe these with my hand at Ballachulish, Feb 12, 1692.

Robert Duncanson

I intend to write my own history of the Glencoe Massacre but in the mean time here are a few useful links:

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