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Auchindoun Castle (12)
Auchindoun Castle (12)
Auchindoun passed to the Gordons in 1535. I am not sure why, but it did! It remained in their hands for the next 59 years - which were to prove to be quite the most tumultuous years of its three centuries of occupation. As I have explained before (but am more than happy to explain again) 16th century Scottish politics was dominated by the Reformation and the fears of the Reformers that there might be a Counter Reformation. These fears grew all the stronger with the arrival back in the country of the very Catholic Mary Stuart, widow of the King of France, and now Queen of Scots. The most powerful family in the land at that time were the Gordons, led by the Earl of Huntly, and they too were Catholic. One could reasonably assume that this would make the Gordons natural allies of Queen Mary, but Mary managed to alienate George, 4th Earl of Huntly, by transferring the Earldom of Moray, which had been given to Huntly in 1549, to her half-brother James. The earls of Moray and Huntly were to remain implacable enemies (which would lead to both their deaths), and as Moray was the Queen's principal advisor, the Gordons were left out on a limb. Mary toured the north-east of Scotland in August 1562, but on her arrival at Inverness, was refused entry to Inverness Castle on Huntly's orders. The Queen's forces captured the castle before moving on to Aberdeen where she issued a summons to Huntly. Knowing perfectly well that Moray was pulling the strings, Huntly refused the summons and was promptly outlawed. In late October, word reached Aberdeen that the Earl of Huntly was approaching the city with a large armed host. It is doubtful whether Huntly's advance was so much for the purpose of fighting, as for the sake of giving greater weight to his demands to be admitted into the presence of the Queen, who, he always maintained, was being misled by false counsel. If so, his chief protagonist outsmarted him again. On the 28th of October, Moray marched out of Aberdeen at the head of about 2000 men. He found Huntly's much smaller force of 500 Gordons advantageously positioned on the south side of the Hill of Fare, beside the Corrichie Burn, about 4 miles north of Banchory. Moray's forces consisted of a body of experienced Lowland spearmen and a miscellaneous collection of clansmen he had assembled during his northern travels. These northern clansmen believed they would have to deal with Huntly again one day, once Moray had withdrawn to the south, and their loyalty was therefore understandably suspect. Moray, knowing this, sent the clansmen up the hill to assault Huntly first, which they did with little enthusiasm, and after a half-hearted effort, come running back down the hill again. To the Gordons, the sight of their retreating foes proved too much of a temptation, and with broadswords in hand, they came bounding down the hill, where they encountered Moray's band of spearmen, who received both retreating friend and pursuer alike - with levelled lances. The Gordon swordsmen were no match for Moray's trained spearmen, and having failed to break their formation, started to withdraw again. Moray's retreating clansmen, anxious to secure the favour of the victors, immediately returned to the fray where they endeavoured to atone for their former flight by making slaughter among those before whom they had so recently retreated. While their followers broke and fled, the Earl of Huntly and his two sons, Sir John Gordon and Adam (Edom o' Gordon!), then a youth of seventeen, disdaining to give ground, were taken prisoners. The Earl, who was advanced in life, was no sooner set upon horseback, to be carried triumphantly to Aberdeen, than the thoughts of the ruin which was now brought upon himself and his family apparently overwhelmed him, and without speaking a word, or receiving a blow, he fell dead from his horse of an apoplexy! (What is 'an apoplexy'? Do people still die from them or have we forgotten how to! The old saying "Calm down or you'll burst a blood vessel" - is that the same as an apoplexy? It sometimes concerns me just how much I don't know!)
Bon voyage :)
Bon voyage :)
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