September 1662 Alexander
Macdonald, the young chief of Keppoch, and his brother Ranald, were stabbed to
death by rivals within their clan.
Nothing was done to avenge their deaths until Iain Lom, the Keppoch bard
nagged MacDonald of Glengarry and Sir James McDonald of Sleat to punish the
criminals. Two years later the Privy
issued letter of ‘Fire & Sword’ against the murderers. Edinburgh
The seven men were hunted down at Inverlair, killed and decapitated. Legend says that their heads were washed in a well at the side of Loch Oich and taken to
before being set up on Gallows
Hill in Invergarry Castle
on Edinburgh 7 December 1665. A monument over the well on the west side
of Loch Oich at its southern extremity recalls this event with an inscription
in Gaelic,English, French and Latin. The seven heads are carved around the top
of the pillar together with a hand clasping a dagger.
THE WELL OF SEVEN HEADS