Battle of the North Inch

(Battle of the Clans)

A conflagration between Clan Chattan and Clan Kay in 1396, which took place on the North Inch of Perth and was also known as the Battle of the Clans. This was a staged event intended to settle a fued, which took place in the presence of King Robert III (c.1337 - 1406). The king had tried to persuade the clans to settle their differences but, this having failed, arranged this trial by combat. Only twelve men were left standing from the sixty combatants, thirty selected by each of the clans. All but one of these survivors were members of Clan Chattan.

The battle is described in Sir Walter Scott's Fair Maid of Perth, who suggests the combatants marched through the streets of Perth to the sound of the bagpipes, and is commemorated by a monument at the southern end of the Inch.

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