Bludie Harlaw - Realities, Myths, Ballads
In the summer of 1411, the ageing Donald of Isla, Lord of the Isles, invaded mainland Scotland with a massive army to gain the Earldom of Ross. It was fought to a bloody standstill on the plateau of Harlaw, fifteen miles from Aberdeen, by a government army led bu the Earl of Mar. The ‘atrocious’ battle left more than 3,000 dead and wounded, with neither side claiming victory.
Contemporary records in Latin, Scots, Gaelic, Irish and English are presented in their original form, and with transcriptions and translations
’Olsen has… attempted a painstaking examination of all remaining source material available on the battle to consider its importance at the time, and to analyse the development of its myth and impact on later Scottish society.’ Iain. A MacInnes, Northern Scotland