Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht

Sir Alan Cameron Of Erracht

Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht

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Sir Alan Cameron of Erracht (1753 – 9 March 1828) was a British soldier who, at his own expense in 1793, raised the 79th Cameron Highlanders regiment, which remains as part of The Highlanders .

Military career

Cameron joined the army as a volunteer and served in North America. At the beginning of the American War of Independence Cameron was captured by American colonists in 1775 and imprisoned for two years in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He returned to Scotland in 1784.

After war was declared with revolutionary France in 1793 Cameron raised the 79th Foot (later known as the Cameron Highlanders) and was accepted as it's Colonel (although his army rank still appears to be no more than Major at this point). He commanded the regiment when it joined the forces of the Duke of York in the Flanders Campaign 1794, and during the retreat through Holland 1795. From 1795-1797 the regiment was in the West Indies and served at Martinique. Cameron was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in 1796. Devastated by fever the 79th was eventually withdrawn from the West Indies and rebuilt in Guernsey 1798. Cameron again served under York in the Helder Campaign in 1799. The 79th was in garrison in Houat in 1800, then joined Abercromby's expedition to Egypt & Minorca 1801. A 2nd battalion was raised in 1804. Cameron was confirmed as Colonel 79th Foot on 1 January 1805. In 1807 he led his regiment in the expedition against Copenhagen under Cathcart.

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