Alexander Leslie and the Scottish Generals of the Thirty by Alexia Grosjean

By Alexia Grosjean

Box Marshal Alexander Leslie used to be the top score commander from the British Isles to serve within the Thirty Years’ conflict. even though Leslie’s lifestyles offers the thread that runs via this paintings, the authors use his tale to discover the affects of the Thirty Years’ battle, the British Civil Wars and the age of army Revolution.

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17 Many of the ‘virtuous’ not only found employment in foreign service but some even made fortunes, and a considerable number also made the transition to high society through their elevation into the nobility of foreign states. Whatever the personal motivation for deciding to fight abroad, by the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War there were three particular places with standing Scottish regiments: France, the Dutch Republic and Sweden. 18 In one example, not only were warriors specifically from the Highlands to be levied in December 1552, numbering 200 ‘asaignyeis of footmen’ from Lord Huntly’s estates for use in France, but also 400 horsemen from the Borders.

8 Instead, his early military career is usually situated on the continent rather than in a British Isles context. There was, indeed, a variety of options available to Scots who, like Leslie, sought a career as a professional soldier abroad in the early modern period, and there were equally a number of motivations fuelling their participation in overseas military ventures. 9 Definitive evidence is again lacking, but this period certainly equates to the speculative early service in the Low Countries which previous generations of scholars unfamiliar with Leslie’s fosterage ties to Glenorchy have alluded to.

7 Even if he did not, he must have known many of the galloglass involved and understood well the potency and specialities of such troops. 8 Instead, his early military career is usually situated on the continent rather than in a British Isles context. There was, indeed, a variety of options available to Scots who, like Leslie, sought a career as a professional soldier abroad in the early modern period, and there were equally a number of motivations fuelling their participation in overseas military ventures.

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