Many a bloody battle has been fought near Falkirk
- at the cross-roads of Scotland - and the main theme of this
book is the last great clash of 1746.
The narrative focuses on the build-up to the confrontation,
when the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie, returning from
the failed invasion of England, seized the opportunity to deliver
a devastating blow to the Hanoverian troops on the south muir
of the town.
From vivid eye-witness accounts, hitherto neglected,
and from the authorís meticulous researches, we are led to a reappraisal
of many received notions about the background to the battle, its
conduct, and its aftermath.
The ten daysí sojourn around Falkirk of the victorious
Highlanders, and the involvement of other towns and villages such
as Airth, Boíness, and Alloa, are recorded in detail.