In the centre of Peterhead stands a statue. Few know
that it represents one of Scotland's greatest soldiers, Field
Marshall James Keith of Inverugie. Born in 1694, Keith fought
for the jacobites in both 1715 and 1719. After their defeat he
ended up in Russian service rising to the highest level. He fought
major campaigns in both Poland and the Ottoman Empire and was
instrumental in creating the Russian army. Empress Elizabeth wanted
to become his mistress but Keith was unwilling and fled to the
service of Frederick the Great. It was one of the greatest mistakes
the Russian Empress could have made.
As one of the right hand men of Frederick the Great,
Keith fought in the opening battles of the Seven Years War. At
Hochkirch, however, disaster struck. Despite the warnings of Keith
and others Frederick's army was in a trap. it was Keith's heroism
which saved Frederick and the young Prussian State from destruction.
Keith paid with his life. Today he is still remembered as one
of the heroes of Prussia.
Sam Coull's book serves to restore him to his rightful
position in his native land as one of Scotland's greatest soldiers
and greatest men.