Scottish Soldiers in Colonial America. Part One and Part Two by David Dobson. Originally published in Scotland in 1995 and 1997. Combined and reprinted as a single volume in 1997 by Clearfield Publishing Company, 200 E. Eager Street, Baltimore MD 21202. Illustrated. 32 plus 30 pp. $11 plus $3.50 p&h.

From the mid-eighteenth century the British Government began to dispatch Highland Regiments, such as Fraser's Highlanders, the Black Watch and Montgomery's Highlanders to America. The French and Indian War, 1756-1763, led to significant recruitment in Scotland for service in the American colonies. Many of these soldiers settled, encouraged by land grants, and they encouraged others to follow from Scotland. With the American Revolution, former soldiers who had received land grants were recalled for duty by the British Government. For example, many former Scottish soldiers who settled in the Mohawk Valley in Upper New York were recruited into the King's Royal Regiment of New York. Many new or recent immigrants from Scotland formed the Royal Highland Emigrant Regiment. After the war large numbers of soldiers from Loyalist units and regular British Army regiments settled in the Maritime provinces of Canada. This is a small useful collection for anyone who suspects Scottish military connections. A typical entry reads:

CAMERON, DONALD, Urquhart, Inverness-shire, soldier of the 84th [Royal Highland Emigrants] Regiment, land grant at Upper Settlement, East River, Pictou, Nova Scotia, 1784. [PANB:MC315]

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no.5, 1997