soldier and poet
One of the most dashing and glamorous figures of Scottish history,
Montrose was Charles ls champion, winning a series of
battles for the king. A final defeat in 1646 sent him into exile
for four years, only to return after Charles ls execution,
at the request of the new king. But his luck had run out and
after several reverses he was finally betrayed for £25,000
by Macleod of Assynt, from whom he had sought shelter. His trial
was a foregone conclusion; for his execution on 21 May, he dressed
and conducted himself with panache, appearing, as one observer
said, more like a bridegroom than a criminal.
As well as a soldier, Montrose was also a talented poet and
Scotlands only composer of Cavalier courtly poetry.