By Matthew Glozier

This quantity examines the function and value of Scottish squaddies in France within the age of the solar King, Louis XIV. The examine examines the advanced courting of expatriate Scottish infantrymen to their fatherland and local sovereign, in the context of a altering surroundings for army employment. The amity of the so-called 'auld' alliance intended little in an age of swift improvement within the dating among armies and the states they served. stuck within the heart have been a couple of Scots, trying to perpetuate conventional modes of employment out of the country. they discovered themselves the objective of accelerating pressures to dedicate wholeheartedly to at least one service provider or one other. The ebook surveys the historical past of Scottish soldiers' carrier at the continent quite often, and in France particularly by way of interpreting the explicit stipulations of army carrier there within the sunlight King's reign with a distinct specialize in the warriors of the regiment of George Douglas, Earl of Dumbarton.

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Ed. A. B. Hinds, 1617–19 (London, 1909), p. 212. 35 S. L. Adams, “The Protestant Cause”, and S. L. Adams, “Foreign Policy and the Parliaments of 1621 and 1624”, both in Faction and Parliament: Essays on Early Stuart History, ed. K. Sharp (Oxford, 1978); T. Cogswell, “Foreign Policy and Parliament: The Case of La Rochelle, 1625–6”, English Historical Review, vol. 99 (1984), pp. 241–67; J. Reeve, “Quiroga’s Paper of 1631: A Missing Link in AngloSpanish Diplomacy during the Thirty Years’ War”, English Historical Review, vol.

56 They are a good example of continued specialised and localised service by the members of one Scottish family. The large number of Forbes family members in Swedish service also indicates the significance of having the head of a family in active command of a regiment. This was the case with the regiment commanded by Lord Forbes, who had four brothers and one step-brother serving under him at midcentury. Seventeenth-century Scottish soldiers in the pay of foreign princes, pursued serious careers as professional fighting men.

11 (1957). CHAPTER ONE SCOTTISH SOLDIERS ABROAD Loss of time and blood . . in foreign parts of the earth ( James Acheson, 1629) The tradition of Scottish military service abroad is a long and honourable one. Those Scottish soldiers who were serving abroad on the eve of the restoration of Charles II in 1660 had entered that service by disparate means. Traditional connections between Scotland and France, meant that many Scots could be found serving in that country. Many more remained in Swedish service, due to newly fostered connections that grew up during the Thirty Years’ War.

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