Colonel Simon Fraser, Commanding Officer
78th Regiment of Foot, 1757-63

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Campaign Quotables

A collection of inspirational quotes about the men of Fraser's 78th Highlanders found among the many historical military documents gathered from various sources over the years. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

[Alexander Gregorson, Ensign, 78th Regiment]
“…very strongly recommended by Colonel Campbell & to whose friends I am so much indebted that I should take his being provided for as a very great favour."
-Colonel Simon Fraser, on board Halifax off Nantasket Lighthouse

“…Amhersts & the Hiland Regts. alone By their Soldier like and Cool Behaviour would undouptedly have beat back the whole Canadian army if they Had been order’d to attack them.”
-General James Wolfe, Camp at Quebec

“…I shall only observe that both fleet and army Did their Duty like true Sons of Britton, and it was a common saying all over the fleet that the Highlanders behaved like angels!”
-John Clephane, on board Prince of Orange in Halifax Harbour

“Captain Donald McDonald a Brave and Experienced officer who had been on several little party’s this winter, having asked to have the Command of a Company of Volunteers, I formed one for him this Day consisting of Picked men, as such a Corps might be of use, and I thought Necessary to give officers who were willing to have an Opportunity to distinguish themselves.”
-General George Townshend, Camp at Quebec

[Robert Macpherson, Chaplain, 78th Regiment]
“…This gentleman is a most deserving Sensible man & the best chaplain I ever knew.”
-Major James Abercrombie, at New York

“…The Highlanders returning towards our main body tho’ had all this time kept their order and behaved nobly with the outmost courage and regularity.”
-Chaplain Robert Macpherson, Camp at Quebec

“…Besides the loss of officers and men this victory compleats, it was to our sad regrete too dearly Brought in the death of our gallant commander Mr Wolfe.”
-Chaplain Robert Macpherson, Camp at Quebec

"...The Colony of Connecticut & the 2d Highland Battalion are hand & glove & we are the only old countrymen they believe capable of performing great exploits, not but they hold themselves as the great Warriors, & suffer us only to follow longo intervallo."
-Colonel Simon Fraser, Camp at Connecticut

"...I dare assure you that I shall be able, when I come to Glasgow, to make out a company of 110 or 112 men, as good hearty young fellows as are to be seen in many regiments, and all as willingly and cheerfully engaged as is possible any men to be, for not one of them ever confined, and not one deserted while here, in which I glory and have great joy."
-Major James Clephane, at Inverness


[Battle of Sainte-Foy]
"...I assure you, that during the Siege we had not above 2000 Men fit for Duty; the rest were taken ill with Flux and Scurvy; and it must be said of the Governor and Garrison, that they have acted with a Spirit worthy of True Britons."
-Officer of Colonel Fraser's regiment


Sources:
Abercrombie, James, Major. Letter addressed to John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, discussing Chaplain Robert McPherson, 15 September 1763. John Campbell Loudoun Papers Concerning the Siege and Fall of Quebec, 1756-1784. Houghton Library, Harvard University, cat. no. 45M-113F.

Clephane, John. Letter to Major James Clephane at New York, 10 November 1759. GD125/22/17/29. National Archives Scotland.

Fraser, Simon, Colonel. Letter addressed to John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, discussing Ensign Alexander Gregorson, 23 April 1758. Loudoun Papers, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA., LO 5447.

Robert Macpherson to Andrew Macpherson, Camp Before Quebec, 16 September 1759. Macpherson Family Papers, 1757-1798. James Grant of Ballindalloch papers, 1740-1819. Library of Congress, WashingtonD.C., microfilm 46.

Townshend, George, General. Personal journal entry discussing Captain Donald McDonald, 24 April 1763. Northcliffe collection: Series 1: Robert Monckton papers, Public Archives Canada, microfilm C-368.

Wolfe, James, General. Personal journal entry discussing Amherst’s and the Highland regiments, 2 August 1759. Northcliffe collection: Series 1: Robert Monckton papers, Public Archives Canada, microfilm C-369. 

Letter of Col. Simon Fraser to Colonel Forbes, Adjutant General, at His House in the Broadway or at the Fort, New York. NAS GD 45-2-29, pp. 18-19. National Archives Scotland.

Rose, H., and Lachlan Shaw. A genealogical deduction of the family of Rose of Kilravock: with illustrative documents from the family papers, and notes, pp. 463-465. Edinburgh, 1848. Print.

Anonymous. “Battle of Sainte-Foy.” Public Advertiser, 24 July 1760.

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