The Rout of Moy
The Rout of Moy took place to the south of Inverness. Prince Charles Edward Stuart was staying in Moy House under the protection of Lady MacKintosh, as ardent Jacobite supporter. Her husband was a Captain in the Hanoverian Army and had a company in Lord Loudoun's Regiment. His mother, the Dowager Lady MacKintosh resided in Inverness. At the time Prince Charles was at Moy House Lord Louden and his regiment were stationed at Inverness. Word was given to Lord Louden that Prince Charles was at Moy House and he decided to lead a surprised assault on Moy House to capture the Prince. Somehow the Dowager Lady MacKintosh got to hear of the possible raid and being aware that the Price was at Moy house arranged for a boy to get to Moy House before the soldiers arrived to give the Prince time to escape from the area. Lady MacKintosh, as a precaution, had sent some of the estate workers with weapons to guard the road to the estate to give the Prince time to escape in the event that there was an attempt was made to capture him.
The blacksmith, Donald Fraser, on seeing the English army patrol approaching pretended that he had a large force of men and fired at the oncoming soldiers. Lord Loudoun, thinking he was being attacked by the Jacobite Army withdrew to Inverness.
The following files in pdf give different accounts of the event. It would be entirely possible that Captain MacKintosh, who was to be on the raid, somehow arranged for his mother the Dowager Lady MacKintosh to be made aware of the raid and warn his wife of what was about to happen.
The header picture is of the present Moy House which was built to replace the original Moy House. Picture taken from the Internet.
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