Battle of the Spoiling Dyke

The Battle of the Spoiling Dyke (also known as the Battle of the Spoiled Dyke, Blar Milleadh a’ Ghàraidh, Millegearaidh) was a Scottish clan battle that took place in 1578, fought in the Scottish Highlands, between the MacDonalds of Uist and the Clan MacLeod.[1][2]

Battle of the Spoiling Dyke
Part of the Scottish clan wars
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The ruins of Trumpan Church
Trumpan Church, Ardmore Bay, Scotland
Result Clan MacLeod victory
Clan MacDonald of Uist Clan MacLeod
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown
Ardmore Bay

The MacDonalds of Uist barred the doors of Trumpan Church, or Kilconan Church as it was once known, east of the shores of Ardmore Bay. They then set fire to the church full of worshipers. No one escaped alive except one girl who, although mortally wounded, managed to give the alarm. On hearing the news, the chief of Clan MacLeod and his men set off for Ardmore bay where a battle ensued. The MacDonalds were killed almost to a man. The corpses of the MacDonalds were dragged and then buried in a turf dyke, and the incident remembered as the "Battle of the Spoiling Dyke". The atrocity by the MacDonalds was to exact vengeance on the MacLeods for their atrocity of the massacre of MacDonalds in the Cave of Frances on the Isle of Eigg a couple of years earlier.[3] This again was a tit-for-tat revenge between the two feuding clans.[1][4][5]

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  1. ^ a b Clan MacLeod@Electric
  2. ^ "The Massacre at Trumpan Church and the subsequent Battle of the Spoiled Dyke" Archived 2008-10-06 at the Wayback Machine. The Hendry Family. Retrieved 25 May 2008.
  3. ^ Kieran, Ben. Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur, Yale University Press, 2007 ISBN 0-300-10098-1, ISBN 978-0-300-10098-3. p.14
  4. ^ Battle of the Spoiling Dyke@The Son of Archived May 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Clan Warfare Archived May 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

Coordinates: 57°17′N 6°13′W / 57.29°N 6.22°W / 57.29; -6.22