Falkirk in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Battle of Falkirk Muir
Location. 55° 59.402′ N, 3° 48.982′ W. Marker is in Falkirk, Scotland, in Stirlingshire. Marker is on Greenbank Road just north of Lochgreen Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forth & Clyde Ship Canal (approx. 2 kilometers away); The Parish Church Graveyard (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); The Bute Memorial (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Colonel Robert Munro (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Sir John de Graeme (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Captain William Edmonstone and the Dollar Family (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Sir John Stewart (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Antonine Wall (approx. 2.5 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Falkirk.
More about this marker. Note that the date of the battle, January 17, 1746, is an old style date, with the new style equivalent being January 28, 1746.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Falkirk. The Falkirk Local History Society presents an account of the battle: "The battle fought on the south muir of the town on 17th January 1746 was the last Jacobite triumph on the battlefield and the last time the famous Highland (Submitted on September 6, 2015.)
2. The Battle of Falkirk Muir. Historic UK provides an overview of the Battle of Falkirk in context: "The Jacobite Rising was an attempt to overthrow the House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne, through the person of Charles Edward Stewart, The Young Pretender, or Bonnie Prince Charlie. Having failed in their attempt to gain support in England and advance on London, the Jacobites had retreated all the way back to Scotland and besieged the government forces under the command of Major General Blakeney at Stirling Castle. In an attempt to relieve the siege, Lieutenant General Henry Hawley led an army of around 7,000 men from Edinburgh. Marching north, Hawley was surprised to find his way blocked by a Jacobite force under the command of Lord George Murray on Falkirk Muir, to the south of the town. The Jacobite army was deployed with the Highlanders in the front line and the Lowland infantry in support in the second line. The battle started late in the day with a charge by the government dragoons on the Jacobite right flank, although the advance slowed as they came into musket range. Abandoning their firearms in preference for dirks, the Highlanders dropped to the ground thrusting their daggers into the soft underbellies of the horses and stabbing the riders as they fell. Due to the failing light and atrocious weather conditions, confusion ensued on the battlefield and Hawley made a tactical withdrawal (Submitted on September 6, 2015.)
Additional keywords. Jacobite Rebellion
Categories. • Wars, Non-US •
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