‘A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments’ (1875)

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Contents.

Part First – General History of the Highlands.

Highlands defined – Ancient Scotland – Roman transactions – Agricola – Caledonians – Contest at Loch Ore – Galgacus – Mons Grampius – Battle – Agricola superseded – Lollius Urbicus – Antonine’s Wall – Ulpius Marcellus – Severus – Constantius Chlorus – Picts – Scots – Attacots – Attack Roman Provinces – Romans abandon Britain – Influence of Romans – Roman Remains – Roads – Camps – Ardoch.

Early Inhabitants – Roman Writers – Aristotle – Tacitus – Dion Cassius – Caledonians and Mæatæ – Eumenius – Picts – Dicaledones and Vecturiones – Claudian – Inferences – Ecclesiastical Chroniclers – Their value – Gildas – Adamnan – Northern and Southern Picts – Columba’s “Interpreter” – Bede’s Account of Picts – Pictish Language – Peanfahel – Northern and Southern Picts – Welsh triads – Irish Annals – Evidence from Language – Cymric and Gaelic Theories – Inver and Aber – Innes’s Theory – Conclusion. 

Early History – Scottish Settlement – Origin of Scots – Dalriada – Conversion of Picts – Druidism – St. Columba – Iona – Spread of Christianity – Brude and his Successors – Dun-Nechtan – Pictish Wars – Ungus – Contests – Norsemen – Union of Picts and Scots – Scoto-Irish or Dalriads – Lorn, Fergus, Angus and their Successors – Aidan – Contest at Degsastan – Donal Breac – Wars with Irish and Picts – Conal II. and Successors – Ferchar Fada – Selvach and Duncha Beg – Eocha III. unites Dalriada – Muredach – Contests with Picts – Aodh-fin – Eocha IV. or Achaius – Alpin – Kenneth – Union of Picts and Scots – Dalriadic Government – Tanist – Brehon – Laws – Fosterage – Lists of Kings. 

The Norse Invasions – Kenneth – Constantine – Aodh – Grig and Eocha – Donald IV. – Constantine III. – Danes – Battle of Brunanburg – Malcolm I. – Indulph – Duff – Culen – Kenneth Ill. – Battle of Luncarty – Malcolm II. – Danes – Duncan – Thorfinn, Jarl of Orkney – Macbeth – Battle with Siward – Lulach – Malcolm III. (Ceanmore) – Queen Margaret – Effect of Norwegian Conquest – Donal-bane – Edgar – Norsemen – Influx of Anglo-Saxons – Isolation of Highlands – Table of Kings. 

Kings of Scotland during the Period:- 

Alexander I., 1107-1124. John Baliol, 1292-1306. 
David I., 1124-1153. Robert Bruce, 1306-1329. 
Malcolm IV., 1153-1165. David II., 1329-1332. 
William the Lion, 1165-1214. Edward Baliol, 1332-1341. 
Alexander II., 1214-1249. David II., restored, 1341-1370. 
Alexander III., 1249-1285. Robert II. (Stewart), 1370-1390. 
Regency, 1286-1290. Robert III., 1390-1406. 
Interregnum, 1290-1292. James I., 1406-1436. 

Alexander I. – David I. – Insurrections in Highlands – Somerled – Moraymen and Malcolm IV. – William the Lion – Disturbances in the Highlands – Ross-shire – Orkney – Alexander II. – Argyle – Caithness – Alexander III. – Disturbances in Ross – Expedition of Haco – Battle of Largs – Robert Bruce – Expedition into Lorn – Subdues Western Isles – Isles revolt under David II. and again submit – Contest between the Monroes and Clan Chattan – The Clan Chattan and the Camerons – Battle on North Inch – Wolf of Badenoch – His son Alexander Stewart – Disturbances in Sutherland – Lord of the Isles invades Scotland – Battle of Harlaw. 

Kings of Scotland:- 

James I., 1406-1436. James III., 1460-1488. 
James II., 1436-1460. James IV., 1488-1513. 

James I. – State of Country – Policy of the King to the Highland Chiefs – Lord of the Isles – Disturbances in Sutherland – Barbarity of a Robber – James’s Highland Expedition – Disturbances in Caithness – Insurrection in the West under Donald Balloch – Lord of the Isles invades Sutherland – Allan of Lorn – Machinations of Edward IV. with Island Chiefs – Rebellion of Earl of Ross – Lord of the Isles submits – Disturbances in Ross and Sutherland – Wise Policy of James IV. – Visits Highlands – Feuds in Sutherland – Highlanders at Flodden.

Kings of Scotland:- 

James V., 1513-1542. James VI., 1567-1603. 
Mary, 1542-1567.  

Doings in Sutherland – Battle of Torran-Dubh – Feud between the Keiths and the clan Gun – John Mackay and Murray of Aberscors – Alexander Sutherland, the bastard, claims the Earldom – Contests between John Mackay and the Master of Sutherland – Earls of Caithness and Sutherland – Dissensions among the clan Chattan – Hector Macintosh elected Captain – His doings – Disturbances in Sutherland – Feuds between the Clanranald and Lord Lovat – The ‘Field of Shirts’ – Earl of Huntly’s Expedition – Commotions in Sutherland – Earl of Huntly and the Clanranald – The Queen Regent visits the Highlands – Commotions in Sutherland – Queen Mary’s Expedition against Huntly – Earl and Countess of Sutherland poisoned – Earl of Caithness’ treatment of the young Earl of Sutherland – Quarrel between the Monroes and clan Kenzie – Doings of the Earl of Caithness – Unruly state of the North – The clan Chattan – Reconciliation of the Earls of Sutherland and Caithness – The Earl of Sutherland and the clan Gun – Disastrous Feud between the Macdonalds and Macleans – Disputes between the Earls of Sutherland and Caithness – Reconciliation between Mackay and the Earl of Sutherland.