1689 early - King James II Stuart was
overthrown by his Protestant daughter Mary and
her husband to be William, who became Mary II
and William II. James was accused of being a
Catholic with close ties to France.
Many Scots known as Jacobite's began
fighting to have James restored to the
The Jacobite's were led by John Graham of
Claverhouse, 1st Viscount Dundee. He raised an
army mainly from Highland Clans with their base
at Blair Castle, 3 miles north of
1689 July - 4,000 Government Troops marched
north to engaged the Jacobite's at Blair
Castle. Viscount Dundee then led 2,500
Jacobite's south to the narrow Pass at
Killiecrankie so as to give his smaller force a
better chance of winning the Battle.
The first shot of the Battle was fired by a
Jacobite sniper, killing a Government Cavalry
Officer. That spot is now known as Trooper's
Around 800 Jacobite's are said to have died
from Gunfire during their Highland Charge at
the Government Troops.
The Jacobite's continued their Screaming
Charge that succeeded in scaring the Government
Troops enough to prevent many from fixing
bayonets and holding their lines.
About 2,000 Government Troops are said to
have died during the short Battle, or after
being hunted down in the hours following the
A Government Soldier, Donald McBane, escaped
a number of perusing Highlanders by jumping
across the River Garry between two rocks 18ft /
The Jacobite's won the Battle, although they
lost their leader Viscount Dundee, hit by a
musket ball during the charge at the Government
Viscount Dundee is said to have died on the
north side of the Village of Killiecrankie
while sitting against a stone in a field. This
stone is now known as Claverhouse's Stone.
Viscount Dundee was buried three days later
at St Bride's Kirk
in the grounds of Blair Castle.
1689 August - Government Forces defeated the
Jacobite's at the Battle of Dunkeld, 16
miles south of Killiecrankie. This ended the
First Jacobite Rising with King James forced to
live in exile in France.
Other Jacobite Risings took place in 1715
and 1745. Both Risings failed with the final
battle being at Culloden 16 April 1746.
1800s - the first reports of Ghosts are made
by people traveling through the Pass in
1844 - Queen Victoria passed Killiecrankie
stating she could not describe how beautiful it
1860s - the Railway Line was completed
through the Pass of Killiecrankie connecting
Perth and Inverness.
1900s - reports of Ghosts continue by people
in Cars and on Bikes. One woman reported seeing
bodies of Soldiers laying as if they had just
1970s - the main A9 road was moved higher up
the hillside giving dramatic views over the
Pass of Killiecrankie when traveling between
Pitlochry and Blair Atholl.
2018 - plans are made to upgrade the A9 road
at Killiecrankie into Dual Carriageway. This
led to Highland Chiefs raising concerns the new
road could disturb the graves of around 3,000
Jacobite's and Government Troops that died at
the Battle of Killiecrankie.