Looking Up Glencoe
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"This Glen is celebrated both for its grandeur and its historical recollections. Here commenced that dreadful massacre which took place in January, 1692. Macdonald, the chief of the clan, having by accident been prevented from tendering his oath of allegience to King William III. before the appointed day, went to the governor of Fort William to do so, but he, being unable to recieve it, sent the chief to the sheriff of Argyleshire, who reported to the Privy Council the fact, with an explanation; but the letter of the sheriff was kept back by treachery. A warrant was signed by the king for the extinction of the clan, and a body of soldiers was sent for this purpose. For about two weeks these troops lived with the people, partook of their hospitality, and then, upon a given night, plundered and murdered as many as they could find. Some escaped to the mountains, but these perished by famine and cold.
In this wild country the poet Ossian is said to have been born, and among the hills on the south side of the glen is a cave which bears his name.
'Such are the scenes where savage grandeur wakes
An awful thrill that softens into sighs;
Such feelings rouse them by dim Rannoch's Lakes -
In dark Glencoe such gloomy raptures rise.'"
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson