The biggest battle of the famous ’45 rising

The Battle of Falkirk Muir was fought on January 17, 1746
The Battle of Falkirk Muir was fought on January 17, 1746

This week sees the anniversary of the Battle of Falkirk Muir fought on January 17, 1746, over the lands of South Bantaskine.

It was the second last battle fought on British soil and the last time the famous Highland charge won the day.

And with 18,000 soldiers involved it was by some way the biggest of the three battles of the ’45 rising.

In foul weather Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highlanders routed the redcoats of General Hawley and sent them fleeing in retreat towards the town.

Lord George Murray in command of the Jacobite forces faced a real dilemma.

To remain on the moor without shelter was far from desirable. But Falkirk town might be full of redcoats with muskets pointing from every window. ‘Tonight’ he said, ‘We will lie in Falkirk or Paradise’.

In the event most of the enemy had fled so when Lord George, Lord John Drummond and Cameron of Lochiel led their men in through the Cow Wynd, the Howgate and the Tanners Brae they met litte famous ‘45 risingle resistance.

Read Ian Scott’s full story in the week’s Falkirk Herald.