IT may be necessary to explain that the detached
historiettes of which this volume is composed, are authentic, and
are prepared from the notes which I have had occasion to make in the
course of historical and other reading, while engaged on my military
romances; and the success of a similar work, "The Cavaliers of
Fortune,: has induced me to make a second attempt of the same kind.
In the brief history of the Constable Buchan are
detailed some of the events of a war in which the Scots engaged for
the defence of France, events which are not related in ordinary
histories of Scotland. It is a little record of the faith and valour
of our forefathers in France, whose kings did well to request that
the Scottish standard might be bordered by the double tressure of
lilies, in memory of the old and to them extremely useful alliance.
Some of these sketches have already appeared in
the pages of the United Service Magazine, &c.
The Memoir of General Wolfe
appeared in that periodical and was prepared from various sources;
among others, the records of the War Office,
and of the 12th, 20th, and 67th Regiments. Since then a volume has
been dedicated to his achievements by another hand.
The Memoir of Sir
Andrew Wood of Largo was a contribution to
Tait's Magazine in 1853. In the instances of Wolfe, Andre, Keith,
and on many other occasions, I have to
acknowledge the courtesy and kindness of the authorities at the
Horse Guards and War Office, in affording me such information as I
could obtain nowhere else.
The achievements of the Scots Fusilier Guards
formed to me a tempting subject. The record here is necessarily
brief, but it is as yet the only existing historical account of a
regiment that has contributed its full share of valour to sustain
the glory of the British arms on many a famous
field—from the battles of the Covenant even to those of the Crimea.