By Alexia Grosjean
Box Marshal Alexander Leslie was once the top score commander from the British Isles to serve within the Thirty Years’ conflict. even though Leslie’s existence offers the thread that runs via this paintings, the authors use his tale to discover the affects of the Thirty Years’ warfare, the British Civil Wars and the age of army Revolution.
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Patrick Ruthven’s solution to the retention of his name was to seek military service abroad where he could keep it without prejudice. 54 Indeed, both the government and private individuals were so well armed as to be able to offer to assemble an army on demand. 55 Clearly, some Scottish Catholics saw the impending arrival of this fleet as a way of furthering their own agenda in Scotland. 58 Lord Maxwell was captured off the coast of Ayr soon after and brought to Edinburgh, though eventually released.
50 The Stuart monarch’s concerns were hardly unfounded, his having survived several attacks largely undertaken by various members of the Ruthven family. In 1582 James was kidnapped by William Ruthven, first Earl of Gowrie, and supporters, including Archibald Douglas, eighth Earl of Angus, and held captive until making good his escape. Although Gowrie was initially pardoned, he plotted another attempt on the king in 1584 and was executed soon after. 52 Patrick Ruthven was related to the Earl of Gowrie – they were both great-grandsons of the first Lord Ruthven – and he similarly suffered the proscription of his name and associated shame to his reputation 18 Alexander Leslie and the Scottish Generals of the Thirty Years’ War, 1618–1648 despite being innocent of any malicious action.
49 The emphasis on siege warfare and garrison service allowed many Scots to gain insights into military techniques they simply could not get in Scotland, and Dutch service certainly did function as a ‘nursery of arms’ for aspiring professional soldiers. 50 It was here that willing Scots could be transformed from individualistic warriors into seasoned professional soldiers. Thereafter the numbers of Scots in Dutch service settled at a notional force of 3,000 Scots, divided into three regiments, which became collectively called the Scots Brigade.