The Moidart Timewarp
by Tim Roberton

1651 - 1675
In which Cromwell ruled the nation, John of Moidart (NB Moidart in his own right, not the same as Clanranald VIII) carried out a raid in Skye, Samuel Pepys watched as King Charles II sailed into London to reclaim the throne peacefully, the colony of Carolina was founded and the Hudson's Bay Company formed.

1651 Charles and the Scots briefly invaded England once more, to be defeated comprehensively at the Battle of Worcester again by Cromwell. A New History of Great Britain, RB Mowat, page 356.

1653 The nation had become ungovernable and so Cromwell became King in all but name, being called Lord Protector. Zierer/Mountfield History of England p70.

1653 Following "Propaganda Fide" in 1622, support from the Irish Franciscans came, to be followed by Vincentians and Dominicians. Secular support finally came with the establishment of a Scottish Mission by Rome in 1653. The majority of the counter-Reformation Catholic population were clearly discernable with two thirds being in the Highlands, especially such places as Knoydart, Moidart, Arisaig, Morar and Lochaber. Eighteenth Century Scotland, New Perspectives, TM Devine and JR Young, page 94, Essay by James F McMillan

1656 In Scotland the Presbyterian influence continued strongly. The Scottish Parliament passed an Act of Sabbatarianism, forbidding anyone to enter taverns, dance, hear profane music, wash, brew ale, bake bread, profanely walk or travel or to do any other worldly business on a Sunday. However this was not widely observed in the Highlands where ministers ignored the General Assembly and continued to go around gaily dressed in plaids and drinking with their parishioners, even in Covenanting times. TC Smout, A History of the Scottish People 1560-1830, pages 85/6.  A crucial point to realise is that in Scotland, as in England, by the mid-seventeenth century at the latest, the Scottish Catholic community was not the rump of a medieval Scottish Christianity which had somehow survived the Reformation unscathed but an altogether new, small and expanding body shaped by the ideals of the Counter-Reformation. Eighteenth Century Scotland, New Perspectives, TM Devine and JR Young, page 92, Essay by James F McMillan

1658 John of Moidart carried out a raid on Skye on the property of Martin Macpherson, Protestant Minister. He carried away 54 cows, 80 sheep and 13 horses. Moidart Among the Clanranalds p69 Charles MacDonald, Ed John Watts.

1658 Cromwell, who had ruled from 1651 as Lord Protector, died in 1658 being succeeded by his unambitious son, who faded rapidly from the scene and went to live for a while in France. The country to some extent was ungoverned for a while and clearly public sentiment was in favour of reverting to a single leader. Zierer/Mountfield History of England p70 .

1660 Charles II had been standing in the wings abroad since the death of his father eleven years previously. General Monk, commander of the Commonwealth soldiers in Scotland, precipitated the action. He marched with 7,000 men from Scotland to London without resistance. Charles II, at Breda in the Netherlands issued a Declaration to the British people and shortly afterwards landed at Dover. A New History of Great Britain, RB Mowat, page 368.

1660 1660 Samuel Pepys accompanied Charles II on the Naseby (Rechristened Charles) from Holland, 23rd May. Samuel Pepys, The Man in the Making, Arthur Bryant, page113

1663 Charles II founded Carolina by charter. A New History of Great Britain, RB Mowat, page 403.

1670 Hudsons Bay Company founded by Prince Rupert.A New History of Great Britain, RB Mowat, page 403.


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