West Lothian-born Lieutenant Colonel James Gardiner was notorious for his wicked ways – that is until he called on a married woman one day in 1719. While he was waiting for her to come down stairs from dressing, he spotted a book titled “The Christian Soldier: or Heaven Taken by Storm”. He picked it up. The former Royal Scots Grey later claimed that there was a sudden flash of light and Jesus appeared. Gardiner promptly became a model of a Christian gentleman. He was literally scythed down by a Highland clansman at the Battle of Preston Pans in 1745 while serving in the Government Army. His horse was claimed after the battle by Jacobite leader Charles Edward Stuart, known to the romantically inclined as Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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