First Raising as a Regular Regiment in the British Army
The regiment was raised in Perthshire by John Murray, 4th Duke of Atholl as the 77th Regiment of Foot (or Atholl Highlanders, or Murray’s Highlanders) in December 1777. The regiment was formed as a relief for other regiments serving in North America and spent most of its existence in Ireland.
It is here that Finn’s 6x great-grandfather James Thomson, born in 1713, is farming by day and, as dusk falls, distilling a secret that will one day become his family’s legacy: aqua vitae, the water of life.
His is a tale of adventure, graft and rebellion.