Ian Macpherson McCulloch writes:

"I have just completed a two volume book that should be of interest to some or all of your clan membership who trace their ancestry back to the first Highlanders that came to North America. Entitled Sons of the Mountains: A History of the Highland Regiments in North America during the French & Indian War 1756-67, it will be published next Spring, the 250th Anniversary of the arrival of the Black Watch in North America. Numerous Gregor and Gregorson officers and soldiers served in all three regiments, many settling in North America after the war."


Three proud Highland regiments fought in North America during the Seven Year's War - the 77th Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders), the 78th Foot (Fraser's Highlanders), and the famous Black Watch, more correctly known at the time as the Royal Highland Regiment. Undoubtedly, the exploits of the 42nd, 77th and 78th Highlanders in some of the most bloody and desperate battles on the North American continent were a critical factor in transforming the overall 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 from their own point of view - has never been seriously told.

Sons of the Mountains: A History of the Highland regiments in North America during the French & Indian War, 1756-1767, is a two-volume set due to be co-published Spring 2006 by Purple Mountain Press and the Fort Ticonderoga Museum. It chronicles the Highland regiments' fighting performance and experiences from the time they were raised in the Highlands and stepped ashore in North America, to their disbandment in 1763; or, as in the case of the 42nd, reduced in establishment and left on lonely garrison duty in the American wilderness until their recall and return to Ireland in 1767.

Volume One of Sons of the Mountains follows all three regiments on their various campaigns in the different theatres of war. As they range from the wilderness of the Ohio Forks to the wind-swept crags of Signal Hill in Newfoundland, and from the waters of the Great Lakes to the torrid swamps and cane fields of the "Sugar Islands", the reader will be exposed to all the major conflicts and actions of the "Great War for Empire" as seen though the eyes of the Highland soldier.

Cluny, the 27th Hereditary Chief of Clan Macpherson, writes from Blairgowrie, Scotland:

As a direct descendant of a Clansman who was present on the Heights of Carillon and at Fort Ticonderoga in July 1758 I feel that I understand now far better how my forebear and his fellow Highlanders must have felt and lived and fought, and relate much more closely to those "Sons of the Mountains" of long ago. I warmly commend Lt Colonel McCulloch's book to readers across the Atlantic and here in Scotland. He has done a great service to the memory of those who fought and died with these distinguished Regiments.

Volume Two of Sons of the Mountains will appeal to all families of Scottish descent and serious genealogists. It features comprehensive biographical histories of every regimental officer from all the major clans (over 350 entries) who served in North America. For example:
John [Mac] Gregor (1732-c.1802) Sgt-Major: 42nd Foot; Ensign: 22 July 1758; 42nd Foot; half-pay Lieut: "in the Army", 28 July 1760; 27 August 1760, 42nd Foot; (appointed adjutant, 27 August 1760, resigned 22 October 1761); transferred, 22 October 1761, 60th Foot (Royal Americans); retired 20 June 1782.

Born 14 December 1732 in Balquhidder, Scotland, the grandson of "Rob Roy" [MacGregor] Campbell and 4th son of Coll [MacGregor] Campbell and Margaret [MacGregor] Campbell of Kerletter. Promoted ensign after the battle of Ticonderoga, 8 July 1758, "in room of George Campbell, pref'd (80th Foot)." An experienced soldier, Gregor was promoted lieutenant and appointed adjutant, 27 August 1760, in room of James Grant, but resigned his adjutancy in 22 October 1761, in favour of a kinsman, William [Mac] Gregor. He exchanged to half-pay, 24 October 1763, and returned to Scotland where he married a daughter of John MacAlpin of Edinburgh. On 18 June 1768, he married for a second time in Balquhidder parish, one Catherine Murray. On the outbreak of the American Revolution he returned as a full-pay lieutenant in the 42nd Foot, and before leaving, erected a tombstone to his father Coll [Macgregor] Campbell in the Balquhidder cemetery whereon he styled himself "Lieut. John Gregory". While serving in North America, he was made a captain in the new raising 2nd/42nd on 22 March 1780. He retired 20 June 1782 and remained in Quebec.


Also included in the glossaries are regimental muster rolls and land petitions of discharged Highlanders. Marie Fraser editor of Canadian Explorer, newsletter of the Clan Fraser Society of Canada writes:

"Besides being compelling Highland history, SOTM is a valuable genealogical resource for all of Scottish heritage. With over 350 officers' biographies, career details and genealogical notes in the annexes, McCulloch has identified the complex ties of kinship, marriage and friendship that bound the most prominent Scottish families of the day together during the Seven Years War between Britain and France fought in North America, known to some as the French & Indian War."

Lavishly illustrated with artwork by Robert Griffing, Steve Noon, Peter Rindisbacher, Gary Zaboly, Charles Stolz and John Buxton, as well as with contemporary prints, maps and portraits from the collections of the Black Watch Museums of Scotland and Canada, the Fort Ticonderoga Museum, the Fort Ligonier Museum, the William L. Clements Library, the National Army Museum, Chelsea, the David M. Stewart Museum, Montreal, the National Archives of Canada and the Library of Congress, Sons of the Mountains is a visual delight.

Without a doubt, Sons of the Mountains is the most complete and informative work on the history of early Highland regiments of the British army in North America to date and will be published in Spring 2006.

If you wish to do a book review closer to publication, please let me know and I will ensure your designated reviewer is put on the publisher's list.

For further details on pre-ordering and prices, see Purple Mountain Press website at Purple Mountain Press or write for details at: Purple Mountain Press, Ltd., PO Box 309, Fleischmann's, NY, 12430-0309. Phone: 1-845-254-4062.