Category: Marian Civil War

Categories: Scottish Military History

Key Events:
  • 15 June 1567; Battle of Carberry Hill, leads to Mary's abdication.
  • 13 May 1568; Battle of Langside, leads to Mary's exile in England.
  • June 1568; "Raid of Dumfries", Regent Moray's campaign in the west against Mary's supporters.
  • November 1569; Northern rebellion in England, adversely affects Mary's support in England.
  • 1569 - 1573; the siege of the Castle Chanonry of Ross between the Munro and Mackenzie clans was in part connected with the Marian civil war. The castle had been granted to the Mackenzies by Lesley of Balquhair, cousin of Bishop John Lesley who was a loyal supporter of Queen Mary and the Munros had been granted the castle by the three successive Regents of Scotland (Moray, Lennox and Mar) who were the supporters of the king and opponents of Mary. Although Mary lost the Marian war the castle was passed over to the Mackenzies by an act of pacification.
  • 23 January 1570; Assassination of Regent Moray by James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh.
  • 11 May 1570; English army lead by William Drury marches on Glasgow.
  • 17 May 1570; Relief of siege and of Glasgow Castle, followed by capture of Hamilton Castle, Cadzow Castle, Craignethan Castle, and burning of Kinneil House.
  • 25 August 1570; Capture of Doune Castle by Regent Lennox.
  • 5 April 1571; Capture of Dumbarton Castle by Regent Lennox from Lord Fleming who held it for Mary
  • "Lang Siege" of Edinburgh Castle, from May 1571, concluded 1573.
  • 4 September 1571; Regent Lennox, grandfather of James VI, fatally wounded by gunshot in a fight with the Queen's party at Stirling, according to some reports, by friendly fire.
  • September 1571; Discovery of the Ridolfi plot, resulting in the belief that Mary would not be released.
  • 10 October & 20 November 1571; battles of Tillieangus and Craibstone, the Forbes for the King, against the Gordons for the Queen.
  • February 1573; "Pacification of Perth", February 1573, the reconciliation of some key adversaries.
  • April 1573; Arrival of an English army to besiege Edinburgh Castle, lead by William Drury.
  • 28 May 1573; Surrender of Edinburgh Castle by William Kirkcaldy of Grange.


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