Bloody Battle of Harlaw marked, 600 years on

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THE 600th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles in medieval history was commemorated in the north of Scotland yesterday.

The Battle of Harlaw was a clan battle fought on 24 July, 1411, just north of Inverurie in Aberdeenshire.

Its anniversary was marked with a private service followed by the opening of a monument site to members of the public.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Peter Stephen, and Aberdeenshire provost Bill Howatson attended the ceremony, held at the Battle of Harlaw monument near Inverurie.

They were joined by members of clans that took part in the battle, one of a series fought during the Middle Ages between the barons of north-east Scotland against those from the west coast.

Dean of Guild Fred Dalgarno formally inaugurated the 40ft-high monument, after which Brigadier John Macfarlane read an excerpt from An Incitement to Battle, written in 1411.

Prayers were read by the Rev Brian Dobby of the Chapel of Garioch, and a lone piper played a lament, while commerorative wreaths were laid.

The 12th-century battle was fought over competing claims to the Earldom of Ross by the Duke of Albany and Donald, Lord of the Isles.

The service formed part of Aberdeen's Tartan Week, which sees a number of events arranged to commemorate the Battle of Harlaw.

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