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Old 01-03-2015, 01:22 AM   #45
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Arrow Clan Mackay

Sergeant McKay of 4 Platoon, B Company, 3rd Battalion..
During the night of 11th/12th June 1982, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment mounted a silent night attack on an enemy battalion position on Mount Longdon, an important objective in the battle for Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.. Sergeant McKay was platoon sergeant of 4 Platoon, B Company, which, after the initial objective had been secured, was ordered to clear the Northern side of the long East/West ridge feature, held by the enemy in depth, with strong, mutually-supporting positions.. By now the enemy were fully alert, and resisting fiercely.. As 4 Platoon's advance continued it came under increasingly heavy fire from a number of well-sited enemy machine gun positions on the ridge, and received casualties.. Realising that no further advance was possible the Platoon Commander ordered the Platoon to move from its exposed position to seek shelter among the rocks of the ridge itself.. Here it met up with part of 5 Platoon...

Crest: A dagger held erect Motto Manu forti (With a strong hand) War cry Bratach Bhan Chlann Aoidh...

Clan Mackay (Gaelic: Mac Aoidh) is an ancient and once-powerful Scottish clan from the far North of the Scottish Highlands, but with roots in the old kingdom of Moray.. They supported Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century. In the centuries that followed they were anti-Jacobite.. The territory of the Clan Mackay consisted of the parishes of Farr, Tongue, Durness and Eddrachillis, and was known as Strathnaver, in the north-west of the county of Sutherland..According to Major General Stewart the Mackays were amongst the clans who supported Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.. Later in the 14th century, in 1371 two Mackay chieftains were murdered, father and son, at Dingwall Castle by Nicholas Sutherland of Duffus, head of one of the junior branches of Clan Sutherland..Much bloodshed followed, including a retaliatory raid on Dornoch in 1372.. The cathedral was once again set on fire and many Sutherland men were hanged in the town square.. After this, the feud quietened down as both sides were called away to fight against the English..In 1411 Donald of Islay, Lord of the Isles challenged the Stewart royal family for the Earldom of Ross. Chief Angus Du Mackay, 7th of Strathnaver joined the Stewart Confederacy and the Battle of Dingwall took place in which Donald of the Isles defeated Mackay. However Angus Du Mackay later married a sister of Donald of the Isles, and granddaughter of Robert II of Scotland, indicating how important the Clan Mackay had become..It is Clan Cameron tradition that in 1505 the Battle of Achnashellach took place, where the Camerons defeated a joint force from the Clan Mackay and Clan Munro, whose chief, William Munro of Foulis was killed.. In 1513 chief Iye Roy Mackay (d.1517) along with his brother, John Riavach Mackay, led the Mackays at the Battle of Flodden, where John Riavach was killed along with many of his clansmen... semper tyrannis!.If in this work we have conveyed to the mind the ravages of war to the end that war may be held in abhorrence, this effort will not have been in vain...

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