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David Stewart (1772-1829) - Soldier

He served with the 42nd Highlanders, the Black Watch, in the West Indies campaigns of 1794 and 1795 and later in the Napoleonic campaigns in Spain and Egypt. In June 1814 he retired on half pay and turned his attention to the history of the Scottish regiments and the clan system, research that led to the publication of Sketches of the Character, Manner and Present State of the Highlanders of Scotland, with Details of the Military Service of the Highland Regiments (1822). Although it was attacked for the author's Jacobite sympathies, the book was one of the first objective studies, treated in an unromantic way, of the history of the Scottish Highlands. Stewart was a friend of Sir Walter Scott and was associated with him in the preparations for George IV's visit to Edinburgh in 1822. He acquired the family estate of Garth in Perthshire after the death of his older brother in 1823 but resumed his military career in 1825, after being promoted major-general. Appointed Governor-General of St Lucia in 1829, he died there of fever in the same year on 18th December.

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