By Matthew P. Dziennik

More than 12,000 squaddies from the Highlands of Scotland have been recruited to serve in nice Britain’s colonies within the Americas within the heart to the overdue a long time of the eighteenth century. during this compelling background, Matthew P. Dziennik corrects the mythologized picture of the Highland soldier as a noble savage, a primitive if brave relic of clanship, revealing in its place how the Gaels used their army provider to extra their very own pursuits and, in doing so, reworked the main maligned quarter of the British Isles into a massive heart of the British Empire.

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Bland’s objectives concerned the suppression of Jacobitism, but if the Highlands were to be secured, then occupation had to do more than raise the loyal and punish the disloyal; it had to ensure that Highlanders were forever freed from the slavery and dependence imposed, it was assumed, by their social habits. As such, civic failures to bring prosecutions in line with military demands were the metaphorical tip of the iceberg in a conflict that was seen as a problem of state security being threatened by entrenched localism and judicial foot-dragging.

The problematic institution in this process was the army. The army had occupied the region in the immediate aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion and continued to do so into the 1750s. Its grotesque actions, particularly those conducted in the months after Culloden, remain a focal point of popular imagery of the Jacobite cause. Yet despite instances of unrestrained violence directed at the Highland population, the army’s role was mediated within the boundaries of accepted domestic policing, at least after the bloodletting of mid-1746.

1900–1910. The subject of this twentiethcentury watercolor made from an earlier sketch is usually identified as Simon Fraser of Lovat, but historian Earl John Chapman convincingly argues that it is more likely one of Fraser’s relatives, possibly his nephew John Simon Frederick Fraser. Simon Fraser personified the regional use of state patronage to acquire status and economic security in the post-1746 period. (Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa) local government in carrying out any directives connected with the state.

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