Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Battle of Harlaw Monument
( inscribed around the top of the tower )
To the Memory of Provost Robert Davidson & The Burgesses of Aberdeen Who Fell Here AD.1411
Burgh of Aberdeen
( engraved on the plaque )
The Battle of Harlaw was fought on the heath to the north west of the monument on 24 July 1411. It is commemorated in ballad and legend as a major conflict between Highlanders and Lowlanders, each side claiming victory.
The army of Donald, Lord of the Isle’s campaigning to enforce his claim to the Earldom of Ross, had encamped overnight on the High Road from Inverness to Aberdeen. Early in the morning this ten thousand strong force was surprised by a smaller army assembled by Alexander Earl of Mar to defend Aberdeen and the Lowlands against the Highland Host. Amongst the levies from Aberdeenshire, Kincardineshire and Angus were townsfolk of Aberdeen led by Provost Robert Davidson.
The conflict was bloody and indecisive, both parties retreating under cover of night.
As I cam in by Dunidier,
And down by wetherha
There were fifty thousand Heilanmem
A marching to Harlaw.
… The Heilanmem William their long swords,
They laid on us fu sair;
And they drave back our merrymen
Three acres breadth or mair.
… The first ae stroke that Forbes struck,
Made the great Macdonell reel;
The second stroke that Forbes struck,
The great Macdonell fell.
And siccan a pilleurichie,
The like ye never saw,
As was amang the Heilanmen
When they saw Macdonell fa.
… And sic a weary burying,
The like you never saw,
As there was the Sunday after that
On the muirs down by Harlaw
And gin Heilan lasses speer at you,
For them that gaed awa,
Ye may tell them plain and plain enough
They're sleeping at Harlaw!
The dedication reads: to the memory of Provost Robert Davidson and the Burgesses of Aberdeen who fell here, AD1411.
Aberdeen City Council
( engraving caption
Gilbert de Greenlaw, killed at the Battle of Harlaw. His re-used stone slab can be seen in Kirkell churchyard, south-east of Inverurie.
Location. 57° 18.398′ N, 2° 24.847′ W. Marker is in Inverurie, Scotland, in Aberdeenshire. Marker is on an unnamed road 1.4 kilometers west of Scotland Route B9001, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Inverurie, Scotland AB51 5DR, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 18 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Gordon Highlander (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Inverurie War Memorial (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); Kemnay War Memorial (approx. 8.5 kilometers away); James Mitchell · Carrier (approx. 8.5 kilometers away); Castle Fraser (approx. 11.6 kilometers away); Walled Garden (approx. 11.7 kilometers away); Methlick War Memorial (approx. 16.9 kilometers away).
Also see . . .
1. Historic Environment Scotland - Battle of Harlaw. (Submitted on January 5, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Battle of Harlaw on Wikipedia. (Submitted on January 5, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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