‘You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the MacDonalds of Glencoe, and put all to the sword under seventy.’
This was the order ruthlessly carried out on 13 February 1692, when the Campbells slaughtered their hosts the MacDonalds at the Massacre of Glencoe (in Scottish Gaelic ‘Mort Ghlinne Comhann’ - the murder of Glen Coe).
This bloody incident had deep repercussions, and was a rallying cry for the next generation in the Rising of 1745. In a sense, Glencoe marked the beginning of the destruction of the Highlanders.
Charles Leslie begins his Gallienus Redividus: Or Murther Will Out with ‘the Barbarous Massacre of Glenco’ and then implicates those individuals involved in this tragedy.
This treatise has also been attributed to George Ridpath.
Charles Leslie, Gallienus Redivivus, or, Murther Will Out &c.: Being a True Account of the De-witting of Glencoe, Gaffney, &c. Edinburgh: [s.n.], 1695.