Mary of Guise sought to bring Clanranald under control (he had in
1552 refused to meet the Regent) and she sent Huntley and Argyll
to crush him. They tried to catch him in Moidart, but did not succeed
and returned empty handed. - Moidart Among the Clanranalds,Charles
MacDonald, Ed John Watts.
One of the most frequent sources of contact between the burgh of
Inverness and the "clannit men" was through trade. Clanranald was
recorded as having come to Inverness with "merchandace" for John
Nilson - an apparently peaceful action which led to trouble when
another burgess, Nicoll Kar, tried to recover the debt that Clanranald
owed to him. In the ensuing brawl, "Johne set on the sayd Necoll
to the intent to haf slane him", and involved two of Clanranald's
men in the attack. The burgh court found in favour of John. The
Hub of the Highlands, The book of Inverness and District, page 190.
John Knox returned from Geneva, deeply imbued with Calvinistic doctrine.
The reformation in Scotland, unlike England, was driven by the people
making the Crown go along with them, rather than the other way around.
By the time that Mary, Queen of Scots came to the throne in 1561,
despite the fact that Scotland had been administered with the help
of French troops during the preceding regency, Presbyterianism was
firmly established and the country already "reformed". When she
fled Scotland in 1568, the Roman Catholic system was rooted out
of Scotland and Presbyterianism reigned supreme. A New History
of Great Britain, RB Mowat, page 249
Following the Reformation of 1560, the collapse of the old church
in Scotland was comprehensive. The last Catholic Bishop of the pre-Reformation
period, James Beaton, died in exile in 1603 and for almost another
century, Scottish Catholics remained without episcopal leadership.
Eighteenth Century Scotland, New Perspectives, TM Devine and
JR Young, page 92, Essay by James F McMillan