of Loudoun's Regiment of Foote, 1745 to 1748 (Loudoun's Highlanders):
The great bravery of the 42nd Highlanders
and the admirable service which they rendered at the Battle
of Fontenoy, made the Government anxious to avail themselves
still further of the military qualities of the Highlanders.
Authority, therefore, was given to the 4th Earl of Loudoun
to raise another Highland regiment under the patronage of
the noblemen, chiefs, and gentlemen of that part of the
kingdom, whose sons and connections would be appointed officers.
Lord Loudoun had an easy task, as recruits rapidly joined
the colours. Soon a body of 750 men assembled at Inverness
and the remainder at Perth. The regiment consisted of twelve
companies under John, Earl of Loudoun, as Colonel, and John
Campbell (afterwards Duke of Argyll), Lieutenant-Colonel.
The officers commissions were dated the 6th of June 1745.
Before the regiment was disciplined the Rising of the '45
commenced. So rapid were the movements of Prince Charlie's
forces that communication between the two parts of the regiment
(at Inverness and Perth) was cut off. Eight companies under
Lord Loudoun, were occupied in the northern Highlands while
the remaining four companies served in the central and southern
The force under Lord Loudoun were the victims of the ignominious
Rout of Moy, when during the darkness of the night they
were put to flight by a handful of the Clan Chattan and
the bold tactics of Lady Mackintosh. At the Battle of Prestonpans
every officer and man of the three companies was taken prisoner
by the Jacobites.
In 1747 Loudoun's Highlanders embarked for Flanders, where
they served until the peace of 1748, when they returned
to Scotland and were disbanded at Perth.