Rout of Moy

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Rout of Moy (about "Schlappe von Moy") is the name of an episode of the second Jacobite revolt , which occurred on the night of February 16, 1746. Five Jacobites drove an army of 1,500 government troops to flight.


Jacobite pretender Charles Edward Stuart (better known as "Bonnie Prince Charlie") stayed that night at the Moy Hall mansion, eight miles south of Inverness . When this became known to Lord Loudoun , commander of the troops loyal to the government in Inverness, he immediately ordered a night march and set out for Moy with around 1,500 men. Legend has it that Loudoun's plans were bugged by a landlord's daughter, who overheard the Loudoun officers and immediately informed Lady MacKintosh about it.

Lady MacKintosh then sent the fifteen-year-old Lachlan MacKintosh to Moy to warn the prince of Loudoun's advance. Second, she had posted a guard on the Inverness to Moy road, made up of Donald Fraser (Moy's farrier) and four other men. When the troops of Loudoun approached, these five men, according to tradition, fired wildly with their few rifles and raised a great shouting, during which they shouted the names of the various Jacobite clans to one another in the darkness , so that the approaching troops soon believed one to face the whole Jacobite army and rush to retreat to Inverness.

The only casualty in the skirmish was the famous bagpiper Donald MacCrimmon.

Web links


  • Alastair Campbell: A History of Clan Campbell . Volume 3: From Flodden to the Restoration . Edinburgh University Press 2004. pp. 146-147.