|Escaping prison in 1542, John of Moidart marshalled his men to further oppose Ranald, who not only had a solid claim by birthright, but the Frasers at his back. Moidart and his allies raided parts of Urquhart and Glenmorriston, belonging to Grants allied with Frasers. They then ruined Fraser properties at Strathglass and Abertarf. Aware of the turmoil in the north, the Earl of Arran--regent to the infant Mary Stewart-- appointed the Earl of Huntly as his lieutenant-general in the Highlands, hoping to circumvent trouble.|
"A watery thicket of golden reeds"
|As tensions escalated, Huntly gathered an army and marched north in May, 1544, accompanied by Frasers, Grants, and Macintoshes, to meet a faction of Clan Ranald and their allies, Clan Cameron. In mid-summer, 1544, John of Moidart and his men met and mediated with Huntly and his forces, and agreed to depart for the west.|
July, 1544, Lovat and the Frasers headed home through Glen Gloy, accompanied
by Macintoshes and Grants. Fraser parted company with Huntly and the others,
who headed across the Spean valley. Lovat took the direct and shortest
route to Beauly through the Great Glen, by way of Loch Lochy and Loch
Oich. He dispatched some men under Iain Cleirich, who may have been a
cleric, to scout for danger, knowing the MacDonalds had recently headed
west. Although Iain and his men did not return, Lovat continued to head
northeast for home.
© Susan King 2003
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