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Bonnie Dundee, John Graham of Claverhouse

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Bonnie Dundee, John Graham of Claverhouse, led the Jacobites in the Rising of 1689 and was killed at the

Bonnie Dundee, John Graham of Claverhouse, led the Jacobites in the Rising of 1689 and was killed at the battle of Killiecrankie on July 27th.


The night before the battle Graham had a vision of a man lying in his bed, blood dripping from a head wound. The terrible figure pointed at Graham and cried:"Remember Brown of Priesthill!".

Brown of Priesthill was a man called John Brown, a Covenanter who was killed for his beliefs. It is said that when the men in the firing squad saw Brown's steadfast courage and unfailing religious conviction in the face of imminent execution, they faltered, and Viscount Dundee himself fired the fatal shot.

Graham was greatly disturbed by the blood-soaked spectre of Brown who warned him not to descend from the high ground with his troops to attack the English. Dundee took the warning seriously, and it was only with great reluctance that he finally ordered his troops to descend from the high ground to attack Orange's forces.

Seeing that the highlanders were on their way to a sound defeat of the enemy forces, Graham regained his confidence and began to follow his troops downwards, Some say he was shot in the chest with a silver bullet or tunic button as he charged at the head of his cavalry.

Wrapped in tartan plaids, his body was carried from the battlefield and buried in the churchyard at Blair Atholl. He was only 41. A red glow is said to hang over the Pass of Killiecrankie on the anniversary of the battle.

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