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Lt-Gen. James Prevost-Mackay of Scourie
Posted by: Alexander Campbell Date: March 05, 2000 at 17:38:42
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I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Western Ontario. My dissertation deals with the creation and deployment of the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot, 1755-1772. The man responsible for this colonial defence force was a Swiss mercenary Major James Prevost (born Geneva December 19, 1725). He married Anna Louisa, the eldest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Mackay of Scourie sometime before 1755 when he entered the service of George II. He eventually became a Lieutenant-General in the British army and assumed his father-in-law's title "Lord Mackay of Scourie" in 1775 a few months before his death. Can anyone tell me more about his immediate family, his estate, or if any portrait exists? From secondary sources I belive that he had two daughters that survived him and that some of his descendants remained in the Netherlands through the 19th century. Thank you for your cooperation.


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