Blar Leine

Battle Site

Site Name Blar Leine

Classification Battle Site

Canmore ID 23808

Site Number NN29NE 2

NGR NN 289 967

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kilmonivaig
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NN29NE 2 289 967.

(NN 289 967) Blar Leine. Site of Conflict between the Clans Macdonell and Fraser (NAT).

OS 6"map, Inverness-shire, 2nd ed., (1904)

The battle of Blar-na-Leine (popularly the Field of the Shirts, but really the Gaelic, Blar na Leana, the Field of the Swampy Meadow) was fought in the summer of 1544 (15th July (Anderson and Anderson 1842)) John of Moidart, chief of Clan Ranald, supported by Macdonalds and Camerons, attacked and defeated Hugh, Lord Lovat, and Ranald Gallda and the Frasers who were returning home along the Great Glen after assisting the Earl of Huntly, whose army had penetrated as far as Inverlochy, in an abortive campaign against the Highlanders.

W MacKay 1914; G Anderson and P Anderson 1842.


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