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Battle of Langside


1568

The Battle of Langside was fought on the 13th May 1568, just to the south of Glasgow in an area now occupied by Queen's Park. The forces of Mary Queen of Scots (1542-87), who had escaped from Loch Leven Castle, were defeated by troops loyal to her half-brother James Stuart, 1st Earl of Moray and Regent of Scotland (1531-70). Mary had been heading for the security of Dumbarton Castle, supported by an army of 6000 men, led by Archibald Campbell, the 5th Earl of Argyll (1530-73). Moray's force was smaller, but he was the superior tactician. Following a short engagement, Mary's army fled and she left Scotland, never to return.


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