Battle account of Sheriffmuir

This description of the battle of Sheriffmuir suggests that the English government will be able to end the rebellion. (SP 54/10 f.47).


Stirling 13th November 1715

Below you have an account of this days action as far as I can Remember.

My Lord Duke [Argyll] having intelligence of Mars marching all his body from Perth to Auchlerardoch to join the Clans, marched the army yesterday to the fields beyond Dumblain, when he came there he was informed that the Rebels whole body consisting by our best accounts of about nine thousand horse & foot was come within three miles of Dumblane on a full march thither, as soon as they were informed of our being come forward they stopt, and both they and we lay on our arms all night within two miles distance one from the other, about break of day this morning their army formed where they had [lain] last night, and- marched towards us, their left wing about eleven in [your]
Forenoon came up with our Right where my Lord Duke was, After one engagement which lasted scarce half one hour, their left gave way, And out Right drove them quite off the field, and had them in chase about three miles to the side of the River Allan, On the brink of this River my Lord Duke was forming when he was-advertised that the enemies Right stood in a body behind us. Which made his Grace march the troops that were with him to attack them, But having no notice what had become of our left, he thought [proper] to march towards Dumblane. Here my got notice that our Left had been attacked while they were forming by the Rebells Right had given way and marched off the field with our train of Artillery and our horses in their Rein and had gone straight to Stirling: Upon which my Lord Duke sent thither and ordered them to return & join him, which they have by this time done. When night came on my Lord Duke with our Right stood for on the field above Dumblane, and the Rebells to the number of four thousand as near as I could Reckon stood on the top of a hill about a mile from us. If they continue where they are till day break, I am very hopeful tomorrow may in a great measure put an end to this Rebellion. I can’t give you the number of the killed & wounded for some time our Dragoons gave no quarters. Of our side the Earl of Forsar I am afraid is killed, my Lord Islay shutt [shot] threw [through] the Right arm, and in the Right side, Collonel Halley of Even’s [Evans’s] shott threw the body, we [have not] lost any great number of private men, no more of our great men are hurt, The Dukes of Roxburgh and Douglass, Rothos. Haddington, Lauderdale & Belhaven I left standing on the field with my Lord Duke of Argyll very [safe] and well.

Of the other side Strathmore is killed, Panmuire is taken, I saw him in the field so ill of his wounds, that its probable he is dead by this time, Barrafield, Logy Drummound & young Auchtertyre [Amblorlise] And some other gentlemen, And about eighty private men are likewise taken with eight pair of colours, we were in possession of their cannon, but had not horses to carry them off, I am yours etc

To my Lord Provost of Edinburgh,

P.S. My Lord I am [glad] to tell you your friend Hawley [Lieutenant-Colonel] will do well.

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