Raids of Urquhart

The Raids of Urquhart were two raids carried out in the vicinity of Urquhart Castle in the Scottish Highlands in October 1544 and April 1545 where a large amount of cattle, horses, harvest, furniture and military equipment were stolen from the Clan Grant, a Highland Scottish clan, by the Clan Cameron and Clan MacDonell of Glengarry, both also Scottish Highland clans.

Raids of Urquhart
Part of Clan Cameron and Clan Grant feud
Urquhart Castle distance 2.jpg
Ruins of Urquhart Castle
DateOctober 1544; 477 years ago (1544-10) and April 1545; 477 years ago (1545-04)
Result Clan Cameron victory
Clan Cameron
Clan MacDonell of Glengarry
Clan Grant
Commanders and leaders
Ewen Cameron of Lochiel


The raids took place in the aftermath of the Battle of the Shirts which itself took place in July 1544 where the Clan Cameron and Clan Macdonald of Clanranald had defeated the Clan Fraser of Lovat who had been supported by the Clan Grant and the Clan Mackintosh.[1]

The raidsEdit

Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, chief of Clan Cameron, and MacDonald of Glengarry made expeditions to the Grant's lands of Glenmoriston and Glen Urquhart where the Grants held Urquhart Castle.[2] Among the goods taken were two hundred bolls of oats, with fodder; one hundred bolls of bere; one hundred cows; one hundred calves; forty young cows; ten one year-old stirks; eight horses and four mares; four young horses; one hundred and forty ewes; sixty gimmers and dinmonts; one hundred lambs.[2][3]

From Urquhart Castle, were stolen; twelve beds, with bolsters, blankets and sheets; five posts; six pans; one basket and one chest which contained three hundred pounds in money; two brewing cauldrons; twenty pieces of artillery; ten stands of harness; and several other items of considerable value including doors; bedsteads, chairs and boats.[2] According to Mackenzie, the large number of goods taken shows that the people of Glen Urquhart were "very well-to-do in those days".[2][3]


Summonses were issued under the royal signet dated 3 August 1546 against Cameron of Lochiel and his coadjutors.[2] According to Mackenzie, the raids probably helped secure the conviction and execution of Ewen Cameron of Lochiel in 1546.[2] However, the principal charge against him was his part taken in the Battle of the Shirts, and of having supported the Earl of Lennox.[2]


  1. ^ Paterson, Raymond Campbell (30 April 2001). The Lords of the Isles. Birlinn Ltd. pp. 74–79. ISBN 1-84158-097-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Mackenzie, Alexander (1884). History of the Camerons, with genealogies of the principal families of the name. Inverness: A. & W. Mackenzie. pp. 45-46. Retrieved 3 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The Raid of Urquart". Clan Cameron Association. Retrieved 3 February 2019.