78th Fraser Highlanders

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78th Regiment of Foot
Active 1757–1763
Country  Kingdom of Great Britain
Branch  British Army
Type Infantry
Size Two Battalions
Nickname(s) Fraser's Highlanders
Motto(s) Je suis prest
Colors White or Buff facings
Engagements French and Indian War
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Simon Fraser

The 78th Regiment, (Highland) Regiment of Foot otherwise known as the 78th Fraser Highlanders was a British infantry regiment of the line raised in Scotland in 1757, to fight in the Seven Years' War (known in the USA as the French and Indian War). The 78th Regiment was one of the first three Highland Regiments to fight in North America. [1]

History[edit]

The regiment was raised in Inverness by Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Fraser of Lovat as the 2nd Highland Battalion and ranked as the 62nd Regiment of Foot in 1757.[2] It was re-ranked as the 63rd Regiment of Foot later in the year.[2] The regiment embarked for Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 1757 and, having been renamed the 78th (Highland) Regiment of Foot, or Fraser's Highlanders in June 1758, it took part in the Siege of Louisbourg later that month, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759 and the capture of Montreal in August 1760.[2] It was disbanded in Quebec in December 1763.[2] In the Seven Years' War, the regiment at 103 soldiers killed and 383 wounded.[3]

Colonels[edit]

Colonels of the regiment were:[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Highland regiments that landed in America and took part in the French and Indian War were the 42nd Regiment of Foot or Royal Highland Regiment ("The Black Watch"), the 77th Regiment of Foot and the 78th Regiment of Foot.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Fraser's Highlanders [71st & 78th Regiment of Foot]". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 7 February 2005. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "First Highland Regiments in America". Electricscotland.com. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Darling, Anthony D. (1988). Swords For The Highland Regiments. Andrew Mowbray. ISBN 0917218353. 
  • McCulloch, Ian Macpherson (2006). Sons of the Mountains, The Highland Regiments in the French & Indian War, 1756–1767, Volume Two. Purple Mountain Press. ISBN 1-896941-49-4. 

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