[MR] Wikipedia: Battle of Largs
Garth Groff via Atlantia
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Fri Oct 2 02:16:22 PDT 2015
On this date in 1263 the Norse king Hakkon was repelled from an attack
along the Scottish coast by forces led by Alexander of Dundonald at the
Battle of Largs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Largs .
Although this battle was inconclusive, it ultimately had the effect of
breaking the Norse hold on parts of Scotland.
It is possible that it was at the Battle of Largs that the founder of
the Napier line was knighted. According to the usual story, Donald, the
5th son of the Earl of Lennox, was still a youth and was assigned to
guard the baggage train. When the battle was going against the Scots, he
drew his sword and led the other squires and small folk into the fight,
which saved the Scottish forces. The king (possibly Alexander III)
knighted Donald after the battle, saying he had "nae peer".
A good story, and possibly somewhat true. The time is about right, but
Alexander was not present at Largs. A more likely possibility is
suggested by the Wikipedia article. It mentions that Hakon had raided
the Lennox, and it is possible that Donald's knighthood (if it actually
happened) was during skirmishing in that area. Alexander III apparently
was in southwestern Scotland around that time. We will probably never know.
Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot
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