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Glen Coe is spectacular in all weathers, and the numerous stories and myths about the valley only add to the magic. One of these is the massacre of Glen Coe, where it was deemed that the clan MacDonald hadn’t been quick enough to swear allegiance to the crown (King William of Orange at the time) and were generally viewed as an unruly, lawless clan. They had previously sworn allegiance to the deposed King James, who didn’t release them from their oath until December 12, leaving little time for the clan chiefs to get message of their new allegiance to the Secretary of State before the deadline on December 28th. In 1692 two companies from the Earl of Argyll’s Regiment of Foot were sent there, led by Robert Campbell. They came “as friends”, seeking shelter as the fort was full. Abiding by the highland code of hospitality, the MacDonalds obliged and lived together with their house guests for 12 days, until on the night of February 13 during a blizzard, they were systematically killed by the soldiers under order from the crown. Some clan members escaped into the hills and managed to ride out the storm while others died of exposure. .
The whole ordeal was deemed as an act of murder by the Scottish Parliament and the Secretary of State resigned, but it has never been forgotten. To this day the door of the Clachaig Inn at Glen Coe arrives the sign “No Campbells”.
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