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Glengarry506 Feb 2020 11:09 p.m. PST

This appeared on the North Star Facebook in regards to figures of the 79th New York Highlanders of the ACW:

"These are great for the Republica du Scottie regiments raised by Mexico on the pretext they would eventually free Scotland from the Union but in the meantime are used to fight all the dirty little skirmishes the Mexican Empire gets itself into on its borders."

Can anyone point me to a source for this regiment? They might make colourful allies for my Fenians!

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 1:23 a.m. PST

They served in the Union army.but a connection to Mexico is news to me..I would doubt that..Would make a great what if ,but most likely would have sympathies towards Canada with its rich Scottish heritage.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 3:32 a.m. PST

To be clear, Northstar did not make this statement; it is made by a Facebook user. The statement does not say the 79th has ties to Mexico, it states that the figures could be used for the Scottish unit. That said. I am not aware of any factual basis for such a claim.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 4:07 a.m. PST

Perhaps a satire on the Irish who served in the Union army and then later tried to invade Canada?

Prince Rupert of the Rhine07 Feb 2020 4:33 a.m. PST

It sounds like the background to someone's imagi-nations games. It would be fascinating if it's true but a quick goggle search didn't turn up anything.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 5:44 a.m. PST

I am thinking it is an Imaginations as well, but there really wasn't any context with the post.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 8:44 a.m. PST

Having read a lot about the Mexican Army this is news to me too!

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 2:50 p.m. PST

I have read that Fenians invading Canada were going to exchange Canada for freedom of Ireland. Perhaps this the inspiration for the Mexican Scots plan.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2020 4:44 p.m. PST

The situation of the Irish & the Scots in the midC19th is very different.

The Scots were part of the Union, unequal, maybe but still partners. The last Jacobite rebellion was in 1745, remote in time & memory.

The Irish had been annexed & were still being treated poorly by the British.

It would have been virtually impossible to find enough Scottish malcontents to man a regiment aiming at overthrowing the Union.

So, Imaginations only.

gisbygeo10 Feb 2020 10:07 p.m. PST

That and the fact that 'Republica du Scottie' isn't actually Spanish, du is French not Spanish, Scotland wasn't a Republic, etc. Literally nothing is correct.

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