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The Fatal Land: War, Empire, and the Highland Soldier in British America

Matthew P Dziennik


More than 12,000 soldiers from the Highlands of Scotland were recruited to serve in Great Britain's colonies in the Americas in the middle to the late decades of the eighteenth century. This history corrects the mythologized image of the Highland soldier as a noble savage, a primitive if courageous relic of clanship, revealing instead how the Gaels used their military service to further their own interests and, in doing so, transformed the most maligned region of the British Isles into an important center of the British Empire.

Keywords: Highlands of Scotland, eighteenth century, Highland soldier, noble savage, clanship, Gaels, British Isles, British Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300196726
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300196726.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew P Dziennik, author
University of Saskatchewan