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General John Reid (1721-1807)

LORD AMHERST'S. AKA – "March for the 3d Regt. of Foot Lord Amherst's." Scottish, March. The tune was composed by John Reid [1] for the Third Regiment of Foot and published in his 1778 collection of marches. Reid, ultimately to become a general, was an officer who fought the Jacobites and later served in France. He subsequently turned up in North America with the Black Watch in 1755 and took part in the capture of Montreal. In addition to his military prowess, Reid was also an accomplished and sensitive player on the German flute and a composer of merit. Reid served under Lord Amherst, who was commander-in-chief of the Royal Army in America when Reid was stationed there. He petitioned Amherst for help in retaining a colonelcy of a regiment not likely to be reduced when war ended, citing his services and loss of considerable lands he had purchased in Vermont.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Reid (A Set of Marches), 1778; p. 2.

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