A COMPLETE HISTORY OF THE WARS IN SCOTLAND;; Under the conduct of the Illustrious James Marquis of Montrose, in two parts. The first describing the wars in the years 1644, 45, 46. The 2nd part containing an account of Montrose's Negotiations abroad and the state of affairs in Scotland from the year 1647, to the year 1650 inclusive. The 2d part being never before published, is now done into English from the Latin of the right Reverend father in God, Doctor George Wishart, Bishop of Edinburgh, With an appendix containing 1st a Description of Montrose's pompous Funerals in the year 1661. 2dly, A character of King Charles the 1st by the famous Mr. Alexander Henderson, on his Death-bed. 3dly Montrose's Declaration when he returned to Scotland, Anno 1650. 4thly. The Declaration of the Commission of the Kirk, in Answer to it. 5thly, Two Poems done by Montrose. As Also, Fifteen letters to Montrose, from King Charles the 1st, His Queen, King Charles the 2d, and Prince Rupert. Now first published from the originals, in the hands of the publisher.
[London: Printed for William Adams], 1720. 12mo, pp. xviii, 200, lvi, 24. Bound in rubbed contemporary calf,some toned, frontis portrait of Montrose. A good copy. This was a present to an unknown recipient by Emily Dickinson editor and abolitionist T. W. Higginson: "From his friend T. W. Higginson, New Years 1895." Scarce, The OCLC locates just the copy at The Huntington. Item #58127
George Wishart (c. 1513 – 1 March 1546) was a Scottish religious reformer and Protestant martyr. from Wikipedia: James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose (1612 – 21 May 1650) was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, who initially joined the Covenanters in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, but subsequently supported King Charles I as the English Civil War developed. From 1644 to 1646, and again in 1650, he fought a civil war in Scotland on behalf of the King and is generally referred to in Scotland as simply "the Great Montrose". His "spectacular" victories, which took his opponents by surprise, are remembered in military history for their tactical brilliance... The king signed a warrant for his Marquessate and appointed Montrose Lord Lieutenant of Scotland, both in 1644. A year later in 1645, the king commissioned him captain general. His military campaigns were fought quickly and used the element of surprise to overcome his opponents even when sometimes dauntingly outnumbered. At one point, Montrose dressed himself as the groom of the Earl of Leven and travelled away from Carlisle, and the eventual capture of his party, in disguise with "two followers, four sorry horses, little money and no baggage".Highlanders had never before been known to combine together, but Montrose knew that many of the West Highland clans, who were largely Catholic, detested Argyll and his Campbell clansmen, and none more so than the MacDonalds who with many of the other clans rallied to his summons. The Royalist allied Irish Confederates sent 2000 disciplined Irish soldiers led by Alasdair MacColla across the sea to assist him. The Irish proved to be formidable fighters.