No doubt about the date – August 19th – nor the late arrival of the Camerons …
August 19th was the date the Prince had set for the Clans to rally to his standard. He’d written numerous letters from Borrodale seeking support and he’d met with Cameron of Lochiel and persuaded him to bring some 700 clansmen to Glenfinnan. Murray of Broughton had now joined him too.
That morning the Prince had travelled the final leg up Loch Shiel and come ashore to wait. He had just a few hundred followers at that moment including his Clanranald bodyguard which had accompanied him from Kinlochmoidart House to three galley boats at Dalilea Pier from whence he had travelled to Glenaladale to stay overnight on the 18th.
The Camerons were late to arrive at Glenfinnan – well into the afternoon, but arrive they did as promised, pipes aplaying.. And with Lochiel’s public support the Prince’s army at Glenfinnan quickly grew to some 1200 followers.
The Prestonpans Tapestry will of course proudly tell the tale!