On 13th April 1689 John Grahame of Claverhouse , Viscount Dundee set off on horseback along with his supporters from Dudhope Castle on the short journey to the top of the volcanic plug known as The Law or Law hill and raised the standard of King James the 7th signifying the beginning of the uprising that would see the death of Dundee himself at the Battle of Killiecrankie.

322 years later a small group of like minded people under the leadership of the event organiser Kenny Borthwick set off on that very same journey minus the horses on a hot and breezy day. Once at the top of the hill where panoramic views of modern day Dundee and the surrounding areas can be admired Kenny said a few words in memory of those who died in the 1689 uprising and also to those who died in the Great War of 1914/18 known as ?Dundee?s Ane? and to those still dying in Afghanistan and other wars around the world.

Author Andrew Murray Scott gave a rousing speech about the historical background of Dundie himself and then a toast was raised in memory of the fallen. The attendees then made their way down the Law taking in the splendid views of the city with its two great bridges before arriving back at Dudhope Castle and dispersing from there.

Alison Falconer

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� Crann Tara 2006