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(13 February 1692)

A massacre for political reasons of members of the Macdonald clan in Scotland. By failing to swear allegiance to William III by 1 January 1692, the rebellious clan Macdonald was technically guilty of treason; their chief's delaying tactics had been compounded by bad weather, and his oath was six days late. The Campbells, hereditary enemies of the Macdonalds, undertook to destroy them, which they attempted after enjoying Macdonald hospitality for 12 days. The clan chief and more than 30 of his followers were murdered, but the rest (about 300) escaped. Although the king probably did not order the atrocity, he did little to punish the perpetrators.

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