Tour Scotland Video Story Of The Battle of Tippermuir Near Perth Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of the story of the Battle of Tippermuir near Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. The Battle of Tippermuir on 1 September 1644 was the first battle James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose fought for the king during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. The main objective of the battle was the reclamation of Perth. Montrose had joined forces with Alaster M'Coll Keitach, known as Alasdair MacColla McDonald, and his Irish soldiers. Nevertheless, he was greatly outnumbered by the Covenanters: Montrose's Highlanders and the Irish together made up no more than 2000 men, Lord Elcho on the other side had 7,000 infantry and 700 horse. Yet Montrose's men were more experienced and better motivated, a fact that would count to their advantage during the battle. The two armies met at Tippermuir, three miles outside of Perth. On the Covenanters' side, Lord Elcho commanded the right wing, James Murray of Gask the centre, and the left flank was given over to Sir James Scott of Rossie, the only veteran soldier present in the Covenant army that day.

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