The Battle Of McHookie’s Croft
(With apologies to H G Wells)
Morag McHookie had lived on the croft all her life. Since time immemorial, it had been known as Donald McDonald’s Croft after her late father and his father afore him, and his father afore him and.....well you know how it goes.
But one hot August night Morag entered into a common law marriage with Genghis McHookie, a (self proclaimed)successful travelling clod salesman.
Unfortunately Genghis had to leave Morag in the early hours of the following morning to attend an important meeting; after all, he was a very busy man. But Morag diligently commenced hernew spousal duties.
To many she was the perfect wife. She doted over the croft’s animals, grew potatoes (which were golden and wonderful) andkept a clean and tidy house. Yet every evening she found time to have Genghis’s dinner on the table ready for his return fromwork. And even though he’d failed to appear even once during the seventeen years since their marriage she kept faith that one day he would; he was ,of course, a very busy man.
To others, her heid was full of mince.
But Morag liked life to be quiet and predictable without interference from strangers
Which was just as well, because life on the croft was quiet and predictable and the presence of a stranger was.......well, strange.
Till the day the Redcoats came.
And the Highlanders.
And the Lowlanders.
And the French.
And the Irish (who wanted to be French but didn’t have the onions).
Oh, and a coach load from Manchester!
(Fat Boy) Cumberland
3rd Foot 30 figures
13th Foot 30 figures
14th Foot 30 figures
21st Foot 30 figures
25th Foot 30 figures
Detachment of 43rd Foot 16 figures
Kerrs Dragoons 15 figures Georgia Scouts 8 figures
One 6pr gun
One 3pr gun
His Most Glorious Excellency The Prince Charles Edward Stuart
(Dodgy George) Murray
MacDonald of Clanranald 20 figures
MacDonald of Keppoch 20 figures
MacDonnell of Glengarry 20 figures
Lewis Gordon 18 figures
Farquarsons 30 figures
Royal Ecossois 3o figures
Irish Brigade 12 figures
Manchester Regiment 18 figures
Prince’s Lifeguard 10 figures
Fitzjames Horse 4 figures
Bagots Hussars 4 figures
One 4pr Swedish gun (French crew)
One mortar (for fun)
The above was written by Ronnie as a backstory for our forthcoming game today. He has graciously agreed to write an after action account of the battle which will appear sometime later on the pages of this illustrious blog. The die is cast or will be later today!