Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Court of Inquiry- The Duke of Argyll under investigation.


In our very unhistorical campaign, after the Battle of Bramaer, the Captain General (the Duke of Marlborough), ordered a Court of Inquiry into the conduct of the battle. Marlborough, not at all happy with the defeat, or Argyll, decided it was time to remove his senior commander in the Highlands. The Court’s vote narrowly exonerated Argyll by a vote of 2-1. The dissenting vote being Marlborough himself.  The reasoning of the Court in deciding in Argyll’s favour was that if he was removed the Hanoverian cause may lose the crucial support of Clan Campbell (Argyll was a Campbell). And more specifically his written orders from the Duke of Marlborough expressly ordered him to advance against the enemy (which he did) engage the enemy (which he did) and defeat the rebels (which he didn’t). Two out of three ain’t bad!  Stay tuned for the Battle of Edinburgh!
Above and below: Marlborough- the Captain General- restores the command to Argyll




5 comments:

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  2. It's an English conspiracy to oust the Loyal Argyll- God Rot the Sassenachs!!......Damn Marlborough and his ilk....the Hanoverians have the best man for the job.

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  3. Is this based on any historical incident?

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  4. No not really- historically speaking Argyll was removed (at Marlborough's instigation) after the battle of Sherriffmiur in November 1715 for failure to completely crush the Rebellion- but for the purposes of our game- the Umpire (me) didn't want to be so callous!

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