> Wasn't this the same King Willian who sent the Clan Campbell to massacre the
> MacDonalds of Glencoe in 1693 for refusing an oath of allegiance?
Oh dear - I have a feeling that this is about to be one that will run and
run (so apologies for starting it...)
2 things about Glencoe (one `for' each of the Clans involved...)
1) the Macdonalds didn't `refuse' to sign - they were just a bit late
2) The Campbells in question (NB - not _all_ the Campbell groupings) were
professional soldiers. Assuming that their orders were to kill everyone,
don't you think that had they followed those orders, there would have
been no-one to tell of the massacre?
It makes much more sense to guess (and yes, this is conjecture) that
the conversation chez MacDonald went something like this...
`Haw, Donallach, we's huv been gi'en orders to kill all youse lot. We
cannae do that, but then again, it's more than oor lives are worth
tae totally ignore them.
Hows aboot this then, at - say ten o'clock - we come intae yer
hooses an' kill a'body wha's there. An' if there's naebody there,
then we've no' killed o'body, _an_ we've obeyed wur orders.'
Now if there were some MacDonalds who couldn't - or wouldn't - make
for the hills, obviously, the soldiers had to do their duty. But
the very fact that there were survivors suggests that people were allowed
> Matt McDonald