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Wellington's Highland Warriors: From the Black Watch Mutiny to the Battle of Waterloo

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Wellington's Highland Warriors: From the Black Watch Mutiny to the Battle of Waterloo

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    Stuart Reid(Author) Philip Haythornthwaite(Foreword)
Wellington s Highland Warriors covers the early history of the British Army s Highland regiments, from the raising of the Black Watch in 1739 to the battle of Waterloo in 1815. Stuart Reid provides an entertaining and thoroughly original study of the circumstances in which the regiments were authorised and recruited, not just in the Highlands but all across Scotland, so that Highlanders and Scotchmen became synonymous. It also tells the story of how they acquitted themselves in almost every corner of the globe from the bogs of Ireland to the burning plains of India, and in the process earning for themselves a reputation which is literally second to none. Each chapter follows a theme based around the experiences of one particular regiment and employs extensive but careful use of contemporary correspondence and memoirs to let those involved tell the story in their own words. The story is a fascinating one which reveals the very different expectations and experiences of Highland soldiers; filled with engaging rogues such as Simon Fraser and Allan Cameron of Erracht, with stories of bitter feuds as rival chieftains and Highland proprietors battled each other for recruits, and those recruits themselves who were more than capable of giving as good as they got; demanding and receiving legally binding concessions from their landlords turned recruiters and then like George Gordon from the Cabrach, striding forth in high dress with his sword by his side to announce his new profession in a calculated display of swank quite incomprehensible to his English counterparts.

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and has served with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. His previous works on military history include Like Hungry Wolves, and The Secret War for Texas; a study of one of his ancestors surprising role as a British agent in the Texan. He is currently working on a full-length military history of the last Anglo-Scots War 1639 1651.

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  • By C. Kirke on 24 July 2010

    If you want an insight into the arcane world of the eighteenth century Highland infantry regiments then this will do the trick. Stuart Reid has done an excellent job. While it is still possible to get lost in the detail of who was related to whom and whose relative did what do who else's relative in the whirling politics of the raising and training of the highland regiments - reflecting the fascinating if convoluted power relationships of the Highland gentry and aristocracy in the eighteenth century - overall the picture he gives us hangs together to provide a clear, interesting and informative read.Within the broad sweep of the history, Stuart Reid finds time and space to home in on certain areas of detail which are well worth reading in their own right. Who was 'The Soldier of the 71st' whose anonymous memoir was published in the early nineteenth century? Did Highland Infantry really charge into the fight at Waterloo hanging on the stirrups of the Scots Greys? Read the book and you will find out.

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