Battle of Bealach nam Broig

Battle of Bealach nam Broig
Part of the Scottish clan wars
Ben wyvis.jpg
Ben Wyvis seen from the west. Carn Mòr is the smaller hill on the far left, the pass lies between the two.
Dateprobably 1452 (may be as early as 1299)
Location
between Inverness and Ullapool, near Garbat

NH422713[1]
Result"Munros and Dingwalls won a sorrowful or hollow victory"[2][3]
Belligerents
Allies of the Earl of Ross:
Clan Munro
Dingwalls of Kildun
Clan Fraser of Lovat
Septs of Clan Mackenzie:
Clan MacIver
Clan Macaulay
Clan MacLeay
Clan MacLennan
Commanders and leaders
George Munro, 10th Baron of Foulis[4]
William Dingwall, Baron of Kildun[4]
Hugh Fraser, 1st Lord Lovat[5]
Supporters of Alexander Mackenzie, 6th of Kintail:[4]
Donald Garbh MacIver[4]
Duncan Macaulay.[6]
Strength
UnknownUnknown
Casualties and losses
According to Sir Robert Gordon (1630):
"lost a great number of men"[2]
According to George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie (1669):
Munro of Foulis and 3 sons killed[7]
According to Alexander Mackenzie (1894):
140 Dingwalls killed[4]
11 Munros killed[4]
According to Sir Robert Gordon (1630):
"Utterly Extinguished"[2]
According to George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie (1669):
All 26 men killed[7]
According to Alexander Mackenzie (1894):
"Extirpated" (Extinct)[4][8]
The historic district of Ross.

The Battle of Bealach nam Broig (Scottish Gaelic: Pass of the Brogue; also known as the Great Battle of Bealach nam Broig, Bealach nam Brog, Beallighne-Broig, and Bealach na Broige) was a battle fought between Scottish clans from the lands of north-west Ross, against north-eastern clans of Ross who supported the Earl of Ross. The actual date of the battle is debated, it probably occurred in 1452[9] but the Conflicts of the Clans suggests a date as early as 1299.[10]

Bealach nam Brog lies about 20 miles northwest of Inverness in the parish of Fodderty, overlooking the A835 road that goes west past Loch Glascarnoch to Ullapool. The pass separates the high ridge of Ben Wyvis from the lower summit of Carn Mòr, overlooking Loch Bealach Cùlaidh to the east. Thomas describes it as 2 miles north west of Garbat, at the watershed between the Strathrannock River and Garbat River, and also as being between Ferrin-Donald and Loch Broom.[6] The Garbat and Strathrannock both run into the Blackwater, a tributary of the River Conon that flows east from Loch Glascarnoch.

Archaeology

"A perfect specimen of an arrowhead" was found near the battlefield in 1913.[1]