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The Massacre of Glencoe (1971)

| Drama, History
The true story of the events leading up to the infamous massacre of the Macdonalds by the Campbells in February of 1692.





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Cast overview:
Andrew Crawford ...
William Dysart ...
David Orr ...
Sir John
Sandie Nielson ...
Arthur Boland ...
Cameron of Lochiel
John Young ...
Colonel Hill
Charles Fawcett ...
John Macdonald
George Morgan ...
Alasdair Macdonald
Kenny Ireland ...
Lieutenant Lindsay (as Ian Ireland)
Alex McAvoy ...


In 1689, after acquiring the English, Scottish and Irish crowns, King William the 3rd, a Protestant Dutchman, is faced with a strong opposition from the Scottish clans. The clans, united during the Jacobite uprising of 1689, are debating whether to accept William as their new king or honor their oath previously given to the ousted Catholic King James the 2nd who lived in French exile. Some clan chiefs argue they should remain loyal to ousted King James while others argue they should recognize the new English sovereign. In arguing the case for accepting the new monarch, some of the clan chiefs acknowledge the reality of having lost the military initiative during the latest Jacobite rebellion and being too weak to oppose the numerous English armies of King William. Moreover, they understand that ousted King James is far-away, in French exile, and penniless, most likely unable to raise an army, while King William is already firmly entrenched on the English throne. So, after debating and ... Written by nufs68

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The True Story Of The Greatest Scottish Clan Feud Ever!


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Masacrul de la Glencoe  »

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In 1688, William, Prince of Orange, accepted an invitation to take the throne of England, glad to enlist English help in his wars with France. The Scottish Parliament was more cautious and invited letters from him and James VII (ousted as James II of England). When the arrogant response from James persuaded the Scots to accept William, John Graham, 1st Viscount of Dundee, led Scottish Highlanders in Jacobite uprisings in an attempt to return the throne to James. Dundee was killed at the Battle of Killiecrankie, and the rising in Scotland suffered inconclusive defeat by Scottish Cameronian forces at the Battle of Dunkeld. On their way home from this battle the MacIains of Glencoe (a sept of Clan MacDonald), together with their Glengarry cousins, looted the lands of Robert Campbell of Glenlyon and stole his livestock, increasing his problems with gambling debts and forcing him to take an army commission to provide for his family. In his subsequent appeal for compensation, Campbell showed he clearly believed the Glengarry men to be the more culpable, making no mention of Glencoe. See more »


Macian: [to redcoats] Oidhche mhath leibh.
[Good night to you]
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Underrated historical movie
14 August 2011 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent treatment of a notorious incident in Scottish history. We know exactly what's going to happen - it's in the title. But this looming sense of dread balances out any couthiness in the film.

It also avoids being a complete melodrama, by showing the perpetrators as human beings, the complexities and accidents that led to the situation etc. The baddies are conflicted, to say the least. (Cynics would say that's because it's directed by a Campbell!) This makes it a much more rounded film.

Much of the film is on location, with outdoor scenes in Glencoe itself.

The film is actually very short... under an hour. It makes an excellent companion piece to Peter Watkin's "mockumentary" Culloden. And no, it doesn't blame the English for everything either...

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