A friend recently received a posting on her web site in response to this bit of history :
“Well presented but to a native Gaelic-speaking Highlander (one of whose ancestors served with the 77th Regiment) painful to read that:
In 1757, England (?) was at war with France and battles were raging in Europe and North America…… earning a glorious reputation in the King’s wars overseas, and these highlanders jumped at the chance to join a new Highland unit. In India the war was being waged on behalf of the East India Company.
No! Not England, surely !!!! The Union of the Crowns took place in 1603 (King James VI of Scotland became James 1 of England) The Union of the Parliaments in 1707.
Your spiel should read `In 1757, Great Britain (or at the very least, Britain!) ¿. You say that Highlanders “jumped at the chance” ….. Some may have done but most obeyed the orders of their Clan Chiefs or Lairds. So your statement is debatable.
On the other hand, many were forced into service by press-gangs paid by the military or had their sentences for serious crimes (murder etc.) commuted to continuous service in the army ¿ i.e. as `fodder for the guns¿! I wish you well.”
How would YOU respond?
Bill is an American devotee of battles and battle sites, aside from his dayjob, of course and his question is directed to those from these isles, as to whose army it actually was which went over there.
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