Battle of Kilsyth (110 words)

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The Battle of Kilsyth took place outside Stirling, in a confrontation between William Baillie's Covenanter troops, and the Marquis of Montrose's Royalists. Even though the Royalists were outnumbered, disorder in the Covenanter ranks gave their enemy the advantage, and approximately three quarters of the Covenanters were killed. The Royalist victory at Kilsyth sealed their hold over the whole of Scotland, and Montrose proceeded to Glasgow to call a Parliament in the name of King Charles. However, the Royalist victory in Scotland was rather undermined by the fact that - unbeknownst to Montrose at that point - the King's main army in England had just suffered a decisive defeat at Naseby.

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  1. English Civil War