The town of Glencoe is yet another stunning slice of beauty in the famed Highlands area. It seems that it is nearly impossible to find a part of the Highlands that isn't incredibly beautiful and Glencoe in particular serves as the perfect example of this kind of breathtaking scenery. The town is located in the actual Glen Coe and so Glencoe the village is in fact in a glen. Glencoe is believed to mean "Glen of weeping" and the rich history of the town does have its dark facets, making the name all the more apropos.
The most notable and well-known of the calamities to befall Glencoe is without a doubt the famed Massacre of Glencoe. It was February 13th 1692 when the Massacre took place and one can definitely surmise that Valentine's Day of that year was ruined. At the time Scotland was going through what became known as the Glorious Revolution. Essentially it was a struggle for control of the crown between William Prince of Orange and James VII. What ended up happening, though, was that the Highlands found itself embroiled in this mess in a major way. An issue was ordered that was signed by the King and members of Parliament and plans were set about to murder the people of Glencoe. A military brigade stormed the town and set about murdering member of the Clan MacDonald of Glencoe. The worst part was that the MacDonald Clan had actually welcomed and invited these guests without knowing that a massacre was afoot. Thirty eight members of the Clan lost their lives that day and their homes were burned down. After the initial killings another forty women and children died of exposure due to the fact that their homes were destroyed. The reason the MacDonalds were singled out was because it was believed that they didn't pay proper respect to William and his wife. The truth, though, was that people of the Highlands were generally disliked by much of Britain and Scotland and this proved to be the perfect chance to euthanize some of them.
At any rate, Glencoe is still gorgeous despite its sordid past. The lush scenery has been coveted by many throughout the years and even to this day this slice of paradise in the Highlands still draws people seeking to enjoy some of the natural wonders. Glencoe and its surrounding countryside has been featured in many movies with a more notable recent film being "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Even more interesting, the famous James Bond books written by Ian Fleming actually state that James Bond's father was from Glencoe. Glencoe may have had parts in its history that it would rather forget but it is important that we remember Glencoe for being a gorgeous town and not for it being the site of a particularly brutal slaughter. The fact that Glencoe still draws people because of its sheer beauty should be the true lasting legacy for this divine piece of land.