The second of a two-volume illustrated set chronicling the Highland regiments’ fighting performance and experiences from the time they were raised in the Highlands and stepped ashore in North America to their disbandment in 1763. This volume contains detailed biographies of regiment members.
Sons of the Mountains: The Highland Regiments in the French & Indian War, 1456-1767, Volume II
About the Book
Three proud Highland regiments fought in North America during the Seven Years’ War–the 77th Foot (Montgomery’s Highlanders), the 78th Foot (Fraser’s Highlanders), and the famous Black Watch, more correctly known at the time as the Royal Highland Regiment. Undoubtedly, the exploits of the 42nd, 77th and 78th Highlanders in some of the bloodiest and most desperate battles on the North American continent were a critical factor in transforming the overall image of Highlanders from Jacobite rebels to Imperial heroes in the latter half of the 18th century. But the everyday story of these regiments –how they trained, worked, played, fought and died from their own point of view–has never been seriously told.
Sons of the Mountains: A History of the Highland Regiments in North America During the French & Indian War, 1756-1767 is an illustrated two-volume set chronicling the Highland regiments’ fighting performance and experiences from the time they were raised in the Highlands and stepped ashore in North America, to their disbandment in 1763; or, as in the case of the 42nd, reduced in establishment and left on lonely garrison duty in the American wilderness until their recall and return to Ireland in 1767.
This Volume Two features comprehensive biographical histories of all regimental officers from all the major clans (over 350 entries) who served in the regiments. Detailed essays treat 18th century Highland uniforms, Highland weapons, specialist officers and men (including pipers). As many Highlanders opted for land grants in the New World after their discharge (some names of which are recorded in muster rolls contained in Part Four), this book appeals to any family of Scottish descent as well as genealogists, military historians, “living history” enthusiasts and the general reader.
Lavishly illustrated with original artwork as well as with contemporary prints, maps and portraits from the collections of the Black Watch Museums of Scotland and Canada, the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, and other museums and archives, Sons of the Mountains is a visual delight.
Co-published with Fort Ticonderoga
About the Author
Lt. Colonel Ian Macpherson McCullough is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Educated in Scotland and Switzerland, he holds a degree in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, and a Master’s Degree in War Studies from Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston. He joined the Canadian Army in 1977 and has served in a variety of regimental and staff appointments in the USA, Canada and Germany. Promoted to lieutenant-colonel in 1993, he assumed command of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada and later was appointed Deputy Director of History and Heritage for the Canadian Forces in Ottawa. He is now serving as NATO senior staff officer at Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. Ian is an avid military historian specializing in the Seven Years’ War in North America and has published numerous articles on that subject. He is an active member of the Fort Ticonderoga Association.
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