The siege of Fort William, Scotland was part of the Jacobite rising of 1745. The siege began on 20 March 1746 and lasted for two weeks.
Prior to the siege the Jacobites had forced the surrender of Fort Augustus after a siege of just two days, from where they proceeded to Fort William with cannons they had taken from Fort Augustus. After the Jacobite's successful siege of Fort Augustus attention of both sides shifted towards Fort William which was the last remaining strong point in the Great Glen. The Duke of Cumberland apparently looked upon it as the only fort in the Scottish Highlands "of any consequence" and said that he would be taking "all possible measures for the security of it". The elderly governor of the fort was Alexander Campbell who was described as a "careful and good man", but there were doubts about his competence and on 15 March 1746 he was superseded by Captain Caroline Frederick Scott of Guise's 6th Regiment.
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