Ruinous Pride: The Construction of the Scottish Military Identity, 1745-1918

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Following the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46 many Highlanders fought for the British Army in the Seven Years War and American Revolutionary War. Although these soldiers were primarily motivated by economic considerations, their experiences were romanticized after Waterloo and helped to create a new, unified Scottish martial identity. This militaristic narrative, reinforced throughout the nineteenth century, explains why Scots fought and died in disproportionately large numbers during the First World War.

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Matheson, Calum Lister August 2011.

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Following the failed Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-46 many Highlanders fought for
the British Army in the Seven Years War and American Revolutionary War. Although these soldiers were primarily motivated by economic considerations, their experiences were romanticized after Waterloo and helped to create a new, unified Scottish martial identity. This militaristic narrative, reinforced throughout the nineteenth century, explains why Scots fought and died in disproportionately large numbers during the First World War.

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Matheson, Calum Lister. Ruinous Pride: The Construction of the Scottish Military Identity, 1745-1918, thesis, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84245/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .