Tour Scotland Video Of Old Photographs Of Inverkeithing



Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Inverkeithing, located on the Firth of Forth, Fife, Scotland. The Battle of Inverkeithing on 20 July 1651 was fought on two sites in the area, one north of the town close to Pitreavie Castle, the other to the south on and around the peninsula of North Queensferry and the isthmus connecting it to Inverkeithing. The battle took place during Oliver Cromwell's invasion of the Kingdom of Scotland following the Third English Civil War. It was an attempt by the English Parliamentarian forces to outflank the army of Scottish Covenanters loyal to Charles II at Stirling and get access to the north of Scotland. This was the last major engagement of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms and led to Scotland passing into Cromwell's control. Cromwell's troops crushed the Scots, forcing them to abandon Stirling and march south to support King Charles II. Of the estimated 800 Maclean clansmen who fought in the battle, only 35 were said to have survived. The Pinkerton Burn was said to have run red with blood for days afterwards. This was a significant episode in the history of Clan MacLean, and the 20th century poet Sorley MacLean mentions Inverkeithing in one of his poems. The port town was given burgh status by King David I of Scotland in the 12th century and is situated about 9 miles north from Edinburgh Airport and about 4 miles from the centre of Dunfermline. Inverkeithing is famous for its shipbreaking yard. The second RMS Mauretania and the hull of the RMS Olympic were dismantled here. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.

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