“The First Marquis of Montrose, one of the greatest
soldiers Scotland has produced, was a dashingly handsome
man, a poet, and the leader of a doomed uprising.”
- Stuart Reid
During the Great Civil War, Scotland
was a country divided, the Royalists commanded by the Marquis
of Montrose and the Covenanters under the Duke of Argyll.
Montrose raised the Royalist Standard at Blair Atholl Castle
in August 1644 having previously fought for the King in
England in 1642/43. Montrose has attracted many admirers,
the dashing cavalier, the warrior poet, the King’s
Champion who was to be betrayed by a Stuart Monarch, a great
leader of men who gave his life for his cause. Despite this
Montrose has never quite achieved a place in the National
psyche reserved for such as Robert the Bruce or Bonnie Prince
Charlie. Perhaps this is due to the fact that these were
indeed Civil Wars that split the nation making it difficult
to decide who were the good guys and who were the bad guys.
A role so often conveniently filled by the Auld Enemy regardless
of historical fact!