Allan Maclean, Jacobite General: The Life of an Eighteenth Century Career Soldier (Google eBook)

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Dundurn, 1987 - History - 253 pages
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Born on the Isle of Mull to an impoverished lair of the clan Maclean, young Allan fought his first battle -- for Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden -- from a sense of deep conviction and family loyalty. He fled into exile when the Stuart cause was lost. In Holland he became a mercenary, and after amnesty was granted for Jacobites, he joined the British army serving in North America during the Seven Years' War, and again during hte American Revolution. He was at Quebec on New Year's Eve 1775 when the city was attacked by Benedict Arnold, and shortly thereafter become the military governor of Montreal.

Between the two wars, when the army was reduced and he was on half-pay, Maclean was preoccupied with finding ways to meet the expenses he incurred while on active service. He made himself useful to politicians and office-holders who had access to public funds or who could recommend him for promotions. One who helped him was Lauchlin Macleane, an ambitious politician who was probably the notorious Junius, who wrote vicious letters to newspapers attacking the government, but was never unmasked.

This fast-paced and intriguing book gives a penetrating insight into the challenges facing a man who chose a military career during the tumultuous period of the eighteenth century.

  

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Contents

Quebec City 30 December 1775
11
The Fiery Cross 1746
15
Blood on the Moor 16 April 1746
26
Exile 17461750
34
Edinburgh Years 17501756
44
The Royal Americans 17561758
54
The Third New York Independent Company 17601762
65
The 114th Regiment Royal Highland Volunteers 17611763
77
Canada Freed 1776
137
Governor of Montreal 17771779
148
Montreal 17791780
161
Offensive Operations 17801781
170
Niagara 1782
181
The Upper Country 17821783
193
Uneasy Truce 1783
203
Retirement 17841797
214

Paris 17631765
86
The East India Company Rise and Fall 17661769
94
Janet 17701771
103
Who is Junius? 17711775
112
Quebec 1775
121
Footnotes
221
Bibliographical Essay
231
Bibliography
232
Index
235
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About the author (1987)

Mary Beacock Fryer is the author of eleven books on eighteenth and nineteenth century history.

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