Battles in which my ancestors fought
One of the best ways to have your name recorded in history is to fight in a battle. Of course it also helps to be on the winning side and
to be the general. However lowly peasents and enlisted men who were particularly heroic do get remembered. The Clan MacKay has produced a
disproportionate number of Victoria Cross recipients for instance. My ancestors also fought in both World Wars and record keeping at least on a
unit level is much more accurate in the last 100 or so years, so here is a list of historical battles in chronological order which I'm pretty
certain one or more of my ancestors fought.
- 1066: Battle of Hastings:
Roger de Muscamp and kin fought on the side of William the Conqueror.
- 1263: Battle of Largs: Clan MacKay fought on the side of King Alexander III of Scotland defeating King Haakon IV of Norway.
- 1314: Battle of Bannockburn: Clan MacKay fought on the side of Robert the Bruce against the English.
- 1403: Battle of Tuiteam Tarbhach: Clan MacKay fought Clan MacLeod of Lewis.
- 1411: Battle of Dingwall: Clan MacKay defeated by Clan Donald.
- 1411: Battle of Harlaw: Clan MacKay fought on the side of Donald, Lord of the Isles against Alexander Stewart, Earl of Mar.
- 1426: Battle of Harpsdale: Under Angus Dubh Mackay, Clan Mackay invaded Caithness.
- 1431: Battle of Drumnacoub: Angus Dubh MacKay defeated Angus Moray near Tongue in Sutherland.
- 1464: Battle of Tannach: Clan Keith, assisted by the MacKays, fought against Clan Gunn.
- 1486: Battle of Tarbat: The Clan Ross cornered a raiding party of Clan Mackay near the village of Portmahomack.
- 1486: Battle of Aldy Charrish: The Clan Mackay and Clan Sutherland defeated the Clan Ross and their allies.
- 1513: Battle of Flodden Field: Clan MacKay fought on the side of King James IV of Scotland. As this battle was fought in Northumberland,
Muschamps were possibly present on the side of the English.
- 1517: Battle of Torran Dubh: Clan MacKay fought Clan Sutherland.
- 1542: Battle of Alltan-Beath: Chief Donald MacKay invades the lands of Clan Sutherland.
- 1555: Battle of Garbharry: The final battle between Clan MacKay and Clan Sutherland.
- 1562: Battle of Corrichie: The Clan MacKay fought in support of Mary, Queen of Scots against George Gordon, 4th Earl of Huntly
- 1576: Battle of Dail-Riabhach: Clan MacKay fighting amongst themselves over succession.
- 1586: Battle of Allt Camhna: Clan MacKay and Clan Gunn fought against Clan Sinclair.
- 1586: Battle of Leckmelm: Clan MacKay fought beside Clan MacLeod and Clan Sutherland against Clan Gunn.
- 1626-1632: Extended campaign leading up to Battle of Lützen: Under
Sir Donald MacKay men of the Clan MacKay fought on the side of Christian IV of Denmark and Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. Gustavus Adolphus dies
owing money to Sir Donald.
- 1642–1651: English Civil War: Sir Donald MacKay now Lord Reay sides with Charles I neither survive the war. The Clan MacKay fought at
the Battle of Worcester fighting with Duke Hamilton.
- 1689: Battle of Killiecrankie: Hugh MacKay commanded those that fought on the side of William of Orange.
- 1719: Battle of Glen Shiel: Ensign Mackay, Lord Strathnaver commanded 80 men of Clan MacKay on the side of the British.
- 1745: "Mackay Regiment" raised fighting on behalf of the English against the Jacobites.
- 1798: Battle of Tara Hill: Reay Fencibles fought for British crown against Irish rebels.
- 1815: Battle of Waterloo: Piper Kenneth Mackay, showing no fear, marched out of the square and plays the tune "War or Peace" (Cogadh No Sith). Kenneth was presented with a set of Silver Pipes by the King's own hand for his bravery.
- 16 December 1944: Battle of the Buldge: My grandfather Ernest J. Kine was in the
Ardennes sector as part of the 25 COY CFC, that's the 25th Company of
the Canadian Forestry Corps
Words and Images © Andrew "Muskie" McKay.