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20th November 2018 -  The Appin Murder - Who Dunnit?

 Ian Logan

Our speaker this morning was Ian Logan, a Mountain Leader, whose subject was "The Appin Murder". On the 14th of May 1752, when Colin Campbell, a Factor and Tax Collector, also known as "The Red Fox", was shot and killed from "ambush". Two bullets struck his body, on either side of his spine, totally destroying his liver and causing death in under an hour. There were a total of eight suspects ( Alan Breck was one ) but finally James Stewart or "James of the Glens " was arrested. His trial took place at the church in Inveraray, with eight Campbells on the Jury and three Stewarts. Of all the suspects,  both the condemned man (James Stewart) and Alan Breck were not in the area at the time of themurder. He was left hanging at the side of the Ballachulish Bridge with a watch of four "Redcoats" for three years . When limbs fell from his body they were tied back on , a powerful reminder to all. The Clan Stewart members claim, the true name of who shot the "Red Fox" will never be revealed, passing down the generations. 

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