Driv'n by Fortune - Dundurn

Driv'n by Fortune

The Scots' March to Modernity in America, 1745–1812

Published November 2015


A provocative account of the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders and its crucial place in history.

The remarkable story of the men of the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders moves from the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion in Scotland, through the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution, to the War of 1812.

Simon Fraser, chief of the Clan Fraser of Lovat, raised the 78th Highlanders, a regiment that played a major role in defeating the French on the Plains of Abraham. Driv’n by Fortune tackles the myths embedded in nationalistic history and in fictional accounts of these Highland soldier-settlers who brought the Scottish Enlightenment to North America.

The impact of the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders, which extended far beyond Scotland and the Canada of their times, is finally being told.



Sam Allison

Born in Scotland, Sam Allison immigrated to Canada in 1968. After teaching high school history and economics, he then taught in McGill’s Faculty of Education. He served on numerous committees for Quebec’s Ministry of Education, and has written educational books, articles, and websites. He was the 2016 recipient of the Gordon Atkinson Memorial Prize in Highland Military History, awarded annually by the Quebec Thistle Council. He lives in Brossard, Quebec.

Book Details

November 2015
6x9 in
336 pp
November 2015
336 pp
November 2015
336 pp