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Not Much of a Souldier   by    David Christie
 

 

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Not Much of a Souldier
by David Christie

UK price:  £8.99  US price: $12.49
Format: Paperback
Size: 21.4 x 13.6 x 2 cm
Pages: 288
SBN-10: 1908026111
ISBN-13: 978-1908026118
Published: Diadem Books June 2011

Betrayed by their political masters, deserted by their cavalry support, faced with an enemy fresh from their victory at Killiecrankie which outnumbered them five to one, only half equipped with firearms, and led by a man whose General assessed him as "not much of a soldier", what chance did the untried three-month-old Regiment have? This book tells the story of William Cleland, the first Cameronian commanding officer, and Alexander Shields, the first chaplain, who played a critical role in Scotland during the Revolution of 1689, and were instrumental in raising the Cameronian Regiment. Viscount Dundee had raised the Highlands for the ousted King James, and the story reaches its climax with the battles of Killiecrankie and Dunkeld. Yet despite all the problems the unblooded Cameronian Regiment faced, they fought the battle of Dunkeld with such courage and determination that they won a significant victory, breaking the back of the first Jacobite rebellion, and providing stability for social and religious changes in Scotland which still endure.

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