The Battle of the Pass of Brander

Late 1308


Robert the Bruce faced the MacDougall´s (who were supporters of the Comyn faction and allied with the English) at the Pass of Brander in Lorne.

John Bacach led the MacDougall's and they set a trap for Bruce on the hill above the narrow pass. However Bruce was tactically astute and he had already sent Sir James Douglas with a small group of Highlanders to flank the enemy. The MacDougall's were attacked from both sides and utterly defeated. John Bacach fled south to England where he received a pension from Edward II.

This victory was one of the last against the Comyn faction who had been successfully beaten by Bruce and his supporters and the king was now free to turn his attention towards the English.