Soldiers of Empire, 1750–1914

T. M. Devine

in Scotland and the British Empire

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199573240
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731310 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series

Soldiers of Empire, 1750–1914

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This chapter analyses the contribution of the Scottish (and in particular the Highland) regiments to British imperial expansion. It explores the genesis of recruiting in the eighteenth century and examines the reasons for the massive Highland contribution to Britain's pre-1815 colonial wars. An additional focus, especially for the nineteenth century, is the high-profile of the Scottish regiments in the British Army which was out of all proportion to the numbers involved. The role of empire and militarism in Scottish identity is also discussed.

Keywords: Scots soldiers; Highlands; recruitment; identity; militarism

Chapter.  8490 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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