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

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RUTHVEN BARRACKS, SCOTLAND
The Jacobites' Last Stand After Culloden, 1746
HISTORYNEEDSYOU



Ruthven Barracks was built 1719-1721 following the 1715 uprising/rebellion in Scotland. The British government imposed their will upon the Highlands of Scotland with a series of fortified barracks. Ruthven is the best preserved of these, built on the mound of Medieval castle, commanding the road through the high mountains.

On 31 March 1757, the first two companies of Fraser's Second Highland Battalion departed Kilravock, Inverness, in the northern part of the country, for Glasgow, down to the south. With upwards of 180 miles to march over the next 10 days, and most likely encountering heavy inclement weather given the time of year, they spent the first two days [1-2 April] at Ruthven Barracks. We've provided a transcribed detailed account of the expenses en route.

Ruthven Barracks is now in the care of Heritage Scotland and is free to visit. Please support Heritage Scotland in caring for the history and heritage of Scotland.


FORTRESS LOUISBOURG NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Nova Scotia, Canada
PARKS CANADA


The Fortress of Louisbourg is the largest reconstruction project in North America. The original settlement was founded in 1713 by the French and developed over several decades into a thriving center for fishing and trade. Fortified against the threat of British invasion during the turbulent time of empire-building, Louisbourg was besieged twice before finally being destroyed in the 1760s. The site lay untouched until well into modern times, when archaeologists began to reconstruct the fortress as it was in the 18th century. Courtesy of Fortress Louisbourg Association.



DRIV'N BY FORTUNE
The Scots' March to Modernity in America, 1745-1812
SAM ALLISON



Simon Fraser, chief of the Clan Fraser of Lovat, raised the 78th Highlanders, a regiment that played a major role in defeating the French on the Plains of Abraham. Driv’n by Fortune tackles the myths embedded in nationalistic history and in fictional accounts of these Highland soldier-settlers who brought the Scottish Enlightenment to North America. The impact of the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders, which extended far beyond Scotland and the Canada of their times, is finally being told. Courtesy of Dundurn Press.


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