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Few will march each year to commemorate the Glencoe massacre, or see its relevance to today. Thousands of lumpens will march every year through de-industrialised Scotland to celebrate a minor, peripheral European skirmish in 1690 fought by an Anglo Dutch King, whose correct title in Scotland is William 11, not 111. William was supported by the Romish Vatican. Both signed the Treaty of Augsburg, July 9, 1686. At that time the Pope was against the Jacobites because of their French allies. The rivalry between Rome and Avignon had not been healed.


Few of the marchers can tell you about the Williamite wars in Scotland, where William’s army was smashed at Killiecrankie, July 27, 1689 and elsewhere by the Scottish Jacobites. It was William who was responsible for the Darien Disaster in 1695-98, by forbidding the English colonies to supply the Scots with fresh water and provisions and encouraging the Spaniards to attack them. The whole of Scotland – and Glasgow in particular – invested heavily in this venture. The result was ruination, coupled with the famine years after the Williamite wars in Scotland: all designed to soften Scotland up for the coming "Union" of 1707. Queen Ann described the so called "Union" as her "Design Against Scotland", which was achieved by bribery, threats and coercion, William had an army on the Border and a fleet offshore, ready to invade before his death in 1702. He also sent a fleet from Belfast to murder the Clanranald MacDonalds at Moidart.




                                                               SRSP Annual Glencoe Rally 1990

Not only did he sign the order for the Glencoe massacre, twice, he intended to carry the massacres throughout all the Jacobite clans. This was only prevented by a successful outcry throughout Europe, particularly France. The Glencoe widows paraded through Edinburgh streets in the traditional manner, carrying the bloodied saffron linen shirts on poles. This was supported by the Edinburgh "mob", who later rioted outside the Parliament buildings, when the 1707 Treaty was signed in a cellar to escape them. The Treaty and the redcoated escorts were pelted all the way over the Border and copies of the Treaty burnt at every mercat cross in Scotland. Troops were sent to quell the riots, when the Tron minister told them to be up and rioting anent the city of God. (Yes Glasgow).

There were very few Campbells in the Argyll Militia, who were wakened in the night to carry out their sealed orders. A Campbell piper played a lament on the Henderson Stane at midnight. His hosts knew what that meant and escaped. Another Campbell trooper spoke to the sacred rock, saying that if he were a dog he would not be out on that night. His hosts also got the message. The fact that only 38 people died was a testimony to the reluctance of the troopers. There have been many Highland massacres. The fact that this one broke the laws of Highland hospitality was most shocking.

Glenlyon turned alcoholic and lead a tragic life afterwards. The Glenlyon Campbells, The Black Isle and other Jacobite Campbells were out in the 1715 and ’45 uprisings on the Jacobite side. The Glencoe MacIain, MacDonalds guarded the Campbell houses from other Jacobite forces, marching through their glens and straths. The divisive myths about Campbells and MacDonalds was only one of many divide and conquer tactics used in Scotland; such as North against South, East against West and Catholic against Protestant, etc. etc.

The massacre was not forgotten. Later radical Republicans, such as James Thompson Callander, in Edinburgh issued mutinying Highland Troops with leaflets urging them to stay at home and "assert your Independence". It was accompanied by a more direct appeal to insurrection, "Your countrymen look up to you as their protectors and guardians, and will in their turn lift up their arms to protect and assist you.

King William ordered an Inquiry by the Scottish Parliament to find out who was responsible for the massacre. Unlike the Chilcot Inquiry they reported back - You Were! They hadn’t quite got the hang of British Inquiries then.

We urge you not to support the massacres in Baghdad and elsewhere for more oil for the very oppressors who stole ours and who planted the weapons of mass destruction here in nuclear occupied Scotland. Support Scottish Independence, with no more Scots cannon fodder against people we have no quarrel with.

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