Sons of the Mountains:
The Highland Regiments in the French and Indian War, 1756-1767
Three proud Highland regiments fought in North America during the Seven Years’ War – the 77th Foot (Montgomery’s Highlanders), the 78th Foot (Fraser’s Highlanders) and the famous Black Watch, more correctly known then as the Royal Highland Regiment. Undoubtedly, the exploits of the 42nd, 77th and 78th Highlanders in some of the most desperate battles in North America were a critical factor in transforming the image of Highlanders from Jacobite rebels to Imperial heroes in the latter half of the 18th century. But the everyday story of these regiments – how they trained, worked, played, fought and died – has never been seriously told.
Sons of the Mountains: The Highland Regiments in the French & Indian War, 1756-1767 is a two-volume set that chronicles the Highland regiments’ fighting performance and experiences from the time they were raised in the Highlands and arrived in North America, until they were disbanded in 1763; or, in the case of the 42nd, reduced in establishment and left on lonely garrison duty in the American wilderness until their recall to Ireland in 1767. It is the most complete and informative history of early Highland regiments of the British army in North America to date.
Vol. I tells the detailed history of the raising of the three Highland regiments (42nd, 77th and 78th Highlanders) and their exploits and campaigns during the French & Indian War in North America.
Vol. II includes a collection of essays on Highland weapons, uniforms, equipment, bagpipes and specialist soldiers, with a biographical register of all officers that served in the three regiments, including regimental muster rolls and returns.