Before the Duke of Cumberland entered the history’s hall of infamy after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he had commanded a British Army in Belgium. He was so impressed by the behaviour of the Black Watch at Fontenoy in 1745 that he promised to grant them any favour they cared to ask. He had been particularly impressed by the sight of one of the Highlanders felling nine Frenchmen in succession with his broadsword, before a cannon ball tore his arm off as he swung at a tenth. The Black Watch were proud of their disciplinary record, so proud in fact that its soldiers would pool their pay to buy discharges from the army for bad characters who managed to infiltrate their ranks. So, the favour they asked was a pardon for one of their number who was due to be flogged for letting a prisoner escape.

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