Copy of Original Journal & Memoires
of Prince Charles's
Expedition into Scotland 1745-6
By a Highland Officer in his Army
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Page numbered 41

Our Battalion yt marched to join those who had been
appointed to guard the Spey were Clanronalds Ard
shiels together with Pitsligo's Horse & the french
Piquets As we came near to Elgin we found the
guard on the Spey in full march back to Elgin who
gave out that they were not ^ able to guard the River
nor fight the Enemy after they had passed, the
latter was true but to guard the Spey was an easy
matter this guard was under the Comd of Ld John
Drumd. As Cumberland's Army was marching
after them upon our comjunction it was deliber-
ated whether we should wait for the Enemy or not
but was thought more adviseable to retreat till
we should be joined by the rest of our Army as C. .
whole army was coming upon us. and more numer
ous than we formerly understood them to be, in our
retreat Clanronalds Battion had the rear together
with the French Piquets & Fitz-James Horse to
cover us from the Enemy's Strong Advanced guard.
Our french horse & they often pickeering? & ex-
changing shots, and Once we thought they were
to have actually to have engadged. upon which
our Regimt, & the Stewarts of Appin under Ard
Shiel were ordered back to support the French
Upon our advancing Fitz-James Horse formed
themselves into two wings on our right & left