Sam Coull


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.

ISBN 1-84158-024-4


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