Saturday, 21 May 2016

James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose (1612 - 1650)

On this day the 21st May 1650, King Charles I's Captain General in Scotland, James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose was executed in Edinburgh.

Leading the forces of the King in Scotland, Montrose had conducted a campaign in 1645 with outstanding success, with the highly mobile Highlanders and Irish consistently outmaneouvering his Covenanter foes until at Philliphaugh he was cornered and defeated by superior numbers.
Montrose then went into exile on the Continent, returning to Scotland in 1650 to raise the flag once more for his King, the newly proclaimed Charles II. This time however, Montrose was unable to raise the previous level of support he had experienced and was defeated at Carbisdale. Shortly after he was betrayed by Neil MacLeod of Assynt with whom he had sought refuge at Ardvreck Castle. Montrose was then transported to Edinburgh where he was executed.

For those wanting more detail on the life and death of James Graham, 1st Marqus of Montrose there are some interesting and detailed accounts online -

The miniature is 28mm and from Warlord Games, the Scotish Royal Standard is from GMB Designs.

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