By Alexia Grosjean
Box Marshal Alexander Leslie was once the top rating commander from the British Isles to serve within the Thirty Years’ warfare. even though Leslie’s lifestyles presents the thread that runs via this paintings, the authors use his tale to discover the affects of the Thirty Years’ struggle, the British Civil Wars and the age of army Revolution.
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A second strand, either a bonus or perhaps even the hidden primary motive, was to remove an element of the population that might prove harmful to the incumbent government as they either foraged for food or gained employment with seditious elements in society. Thirdly, by allowing foreign service, the authorities could actually help their allies during times of conflict and thus garner favour with overseas powers. In so doing, individuals could be directed into particular service with consideration given to issues such as political allegiance.
Thereafter the numbers of Scots in Dutch service settled at a notional force of 3,000 Scots, divided into three regiments, which became collectively called the Scots Brigade. The context of the Scots in foreign service in general, and Dutch service in particular, reveals an interesting military policy set in place by the Jacobean regency governments and cultivated latterly by James VI himself. 53 The soldiers may have earned their pay in foreign service, but their loyalty was ultimately to their ‘Dread Sovereign’ who saw it as his right to prioritize their deployment when required.
Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis, was to be the army’s lieutenant-general, with Patrick Lord Ruthven as colonel of the infantry. 22 There was also some worry that such men serving abroad might prove troublesome to their native kingdom, particularly during and immediately after the Marian Civil Wars. 23 Two examples of this concern Charles Crawford and Alexander Swinton, both archers in the Scottish Garde. 31 The evidence implies that for some of these Scots the emphasis was not necessarily on developing military skills or advancing through the ranks while in service in France.