Massacre of Glencoe

A folksong also known as "The ballad of Glencoe", written by Jim McLean and first published in 1963.

It commemorates the infamous massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, remembered to this day, not for the loss of life but for the unforgiveable betrayal of the traditional obligation of hospitality. It was in fact a shameful government operation, approved by King William, designed to quieten the jacobite clans by providing an example of what happens to "traitors". However, such was the public outcry and subsequent cover-ups that for many years afterwards the massacre was portrayed as a clan feud with the Campbells as the main villains of the piece.