Category: Battle of Glen Shiel

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Battle of Glen Shiel

The Battle of Glen Shiel (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Ghleann Seile) was a battle in Glen Shiel, in the West Highlands of Scotland on 10 June 1719, between British government troops (mostly Scots Regiments) and an alliance of Jacobites and Spanish, resulting in a victory for the government forces.

It was the last close engagement of British and foreign troops in Great Britain.

Although The Battle of Glen Shiel is sometimes considered an extension of the Jacobite rising of 1715, this is inaccurate. The Rising of 1715 was supported by France and this, he Rising of 1719, supported by Spain.

Twenty-seven ships had carried 5,000 Spanish soldiers to England, but the latter were mainly dispersed by storms before they could land. Two Spanish frigates successfully landed a party of Jacobites led by Lord Tullibardine, with his Clan and Earls Marischal with 300 Spanish soldiers at Loch Duich, they held Eilean Donan Castle but this was soon captured and destroyed by a Royal Naval reconnaissance force. They met only lukewarm support from a few clans. At the Battle of Glen Shiel, the Spanish and Jacobite soldiers were forced to surrender to government force.

This battlefield has been included in the Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Scotland and is protected by Historic Scotland under the Historic Environment (Amendment) Act 2011

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