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gary, Sir John Maclean, and Campbell of Glenlyon; on the right there were three squadrons of horse, viz. the Stirling squadron, which carried the standard of the pretender, and two of the marquis of Huntly's; on the left, were drawn up the Perthshire and Fifeshire squadrons. The second line was composed of three battalions of the earl of Seaforth's, two battalions of the marquis of Huntly's, the battalions of the earl of Panmure, marquis of Tullibardine, lord Drummond, and Strowan, all commanded by their respective chieftains, except Drummond's, which was commanded by Strathallan, and LogieAlmond; the earl Marischal's squadron was on the right, and that of Angus, on the left of this line. Of their left, his grace had a tolerable view, but their right lay concealed in a hollow, and being masters of the brow of the hill, the length of their lines he was unable to ascertain.
In the meanwhile, Marr held another council of war, consisting of all the noblemen, gentlemen, general officers, and heads of the clans, where it was voted to fight the enemy, though severals pressed their returning to Perth, and there resting till the spring.
After having observed their motions for some hours, without being able to comprehend their designs, or determine his own mode of attack, Argyle at last perceived, that some of their advanced guards turned suddenly, fronting towards the height of the muir where he stood, and that while their right attacked him in front, their left intended to take him in flank, the severity of the frost having rendered the ground, which the preceding evening was a sufficient security against any such movement, perse«tly passable. In consequence of this circumstance, a change in the disposition of the royal army became necessary, to effect which, his grace came down from the hill about eleven o'clock; but notwithstanding the strict orders that had been issued the night before, that no one should stir from his arms, it was mid-day before the officers could put their divisions in marching order; and, being informed by his spies from the enemy's camp, that the whole body of the rebels was to attack him on the low ground in front, he resolved to wait for them there, as the most effectual way to prevent their