In the eyes of central government, Scottish and British, the Lochaber district was regarded as the epicentre of Highland disorder and disloyalty from the 15th to the 18th centuries. How justified was this reputation? Mitigating factors such as the mountainous environment, overlapping jurisdictions and religious denominationalism have to be brought into the equation. But we can reverse the question. Was central government the real problem, through its incapacity to cope with clanship, with its levying of unsustainable taxes, and with its deliberate confusion of banditry with Jacobitism.
This event formed a part of the RSE@Lochaber programme.
Professor Allan I. MacInnes FRSE, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Strathclyde