The Pass of Brander.

In the summer of 1308 or 1309 Robert the Bruce determined to bring Alexander McDougall of Lorn to heel. McDougall was still a firm supporter of Edward II of England and a thorn in the side of Bruce. Marching by way of Dalmally to Dunstaffnage where the McDougall's had their stronghold meant traversing the Pass of Brander. Here, where the waters of Loch Awe escape through a narrow defile to the sea, would to Bruce and Douglas both suggest the possibility of ambush.

High on the North slopes of Ben Chruachan John Baccach, son of Alexander McDougall, lay in wait ready to hurl boulders down on Bruce's advancing forces before rushing down from the heights to deliver the coup de grace.

Douglas anticipating this had led a body of archers, through the early hours of the morning, to a position above Baccach's forces. As Bruce led his main body into the pass, and took the first blows of the assault from above, Douglas with his archers fell upon the McDougalls from above, at the same time Bruce sent lightly armed troops up the slopes to place the enemy between two forces. At this the McDougalls fled down the pass harassed by the pursuing forces of Bruce and Douglas.

Dunstaffnage castle was taken, but unlike many strongholds taken by Bruce it was not destroyed but put in charge of the Campbells who were loyal to Bruce and his cause.

John Baccach fled to England and lived on a pension from Edward, eventually becoming the Admiral of the Isles for Edward.