This is the first modern biography of Patrick Ferguson (1744-80) -- famous as the designer of the British Army's first breech-loading rifle and one of Scotland's most courageous and engaging military heroes. Rebellion in America gave Ferguson opportunity to demonstrate his military talents until crippling injury threatened his life and career. He overcame his disability with inspiring determination and wit, finally dying, sword in hand, while commanding Loyal American Troops at King's Mountain, North Carolina. The author has had access to family letters, including 21 years' worth of personal letters from Ferguson to his sister.
Table of Contents
An Astonishing World A Privileged Beginning A Very young Student Travel was not for the Faint Hearted The Student comes Home A Country Laird or a Sorcerer? Weapons agains the Spaniards Logarithms - the Quantum Leap The World's First Pocket Calculator Up among the Greats
Lynne Gladstone-Millar is a freelance journalist and writer.