Marquis of Montrose Society





Photo: Proposed cairn at Banton Loch

Kilsyth Community council is working with two local enthusiasts, Alex Calderhead of Craigmarloch and Donald MacInnes of Abronhill to create a fitting memorial to the battle of Kilsyth. They are great fans of Scottish military history and rate James Graham, the 1st Marquis of Montrose, as one of Scotland’s finest military leaders.  Alex and Donald are also both active members of the 1st Marquis of Montrose Society.  Alex is the Membership Secretary and Treasurer of the Society and has walked all of the battlefields in the campaigns of Montrose.

 The 1st Marquis of Montrose is an organisation formed to promote the awareness, research, education and history of Scotland’s greatest soldier.

 In the month of May Alex and Donald will visit the Battlefield of Knocknamuss -1647 in County Cork, Ireland.  This was the final and fatal battle for Colkitto – Alasdair MacColla Ciotach McDonnell - Montrose’s right hand man, the leader of the Highland and Irish regiments.

Later this year the Society will bequeath two Memorial Cairns to commemorate this Scottish military genius and poet, a cairn on the Braes of Atholl where Montrose raised the Standard and on the Battlefield of Kilsyth – the scene of the ‘Great’ Marquis’ finest victory.  The monument at Kilsyth will pay tribute to all of the fallen in this bloody encounter of the Civil War in the 17th century.

The war in Scotland arose from an agreement signed in Cumbernauld by Lord Fleming of Cumbernauld, Lord Livingstone of Kilsyth, the Marquis of Montrose and others.  This concordat became famous as ‘The Cumbernauld Bond.’  The Civil war was to sweep throughout Scotland and reached its zenith at the Battle of Kilsyth.

In the millennium year Alex and Donald produced a CD ROM on the Battle of Kilsyth for schools and educational establishments as part of the North Lanarkshire Landmark Project.

For further information on the 1st Marquis of Montrose Society


phone or email: Alex Calderhead at 01236 780477.


Patrons: The Duke of Montrose

Sir William Macpherson of Cluny