James Graham, Marquis of
Montrose, (1612-50) Montrose had strong connections with Strathearn.
In 1644 he began to fight
for Charles in Scotland. Having spent the night camped out with his army
on Calum's Hill in Crieff, he went on to destroy a Covenanter
force at Tippermore, on the eastern fringe of Strathearn, and occupy
Perth. Few died in the battle but an estimated 2000 died in the following
massacre - this puts Tippermore at about the same level of post-battle massacre
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Montrose is presented in
contrasting ways, sometimes as the dashing cavalier whose principles made
him stand for his king against the odds, but more usually in modern texts
as power seeking egocentric. His campaign never achieved widespread backing
in Scotland but caused widespread death and destruction. Montrose was later
executed for his crimes.