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A Sketch of the Life of the Hon. and Right Reverend Alexander MacDonell
Appendix A


The venerable and distinguished Institution mentioned in the text, the Highland Society of London, of which Bishop Macdonell was instrumental in establishing a branch in Canada, was founded in 1778, and has always received the encouragement and approbation of the Sovereign and Princes of the Blood Royal

The interest which Her present Majesty takes and has ever taken in all that concerns Scotland is proverbial. But her predecessors of her line and other members of their Royal Family have been equally pronounced in their solicitude and respect for all that appertained to that portion of their Kingdom, the earlier of them indeed when men, reverenced by them and properly counted amongst the most devoted and loyal of their subjects still lived who had not hesitated to risk their lives and sacrifice their fortunes m another and an adverse though unfortunate Cause. How nobly they have been repaid, the history of Great Britain records.

In 1776, Mr. Pitt, afterwards the first and the great Earl of Chatham, in his celebrated speech on the commencement of the differences with America, was able to pronounce from his place in Parliament the following eulogy on the Jacobite clans:-

"I sought for merit wherever it could be found. It is my boast that I was the first Minister who looked for it, and found it in the Mountains of the North. I called it forth, and drew into your service a hardy and intrepid race of men ; men who left by your jealousy became a prey to the artifices of your enemies, and had gone nigh to have overturned the State in the war before last. These men in the last war were brought to combat on your side; they served with fidelity as they fought with valor, and conquered for you in every quarter of the world."

Let me give the record of the Highlanders of the next generation. It shows that they had not degenerated.

From 1806 to 1814, gold medals were granted to officers who rendered conspicuous service in battles fought between those years. I take the official list and find that in the twenty-six battles for which they were granted those names occuring more than four times were all Scottish, with the exception of three.

The Battles and Actions for which gold medals were granted were as follows :-


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