Abercrombie James

Entered the army, and obtained a captaincy in the

42nd or 1st Battalion of Royal Highlanders, 1756. Appointed aide-de-camp

to Major-General Amherst, 1759, with whom he made the campaigns in

Canada of that and the following year. Appointed major of the 78th or

2nd Highland Battalion, 1760, and, in September following, employed by

General Amherst in communicating to the Marquis de Vaudreuil the

conditions preparatory to the surrender of Montreal, and in obtaining

his signature to them. The 78th Regiment having been disbanded in 1763,

retired on half-pay. Again entered active service, 1770, as

lieutenant-colonel of the 22nd Regiment, then serving in America under

the command of Lieutenant-General Gage; killed in the battle of Bunker

Hill, June 17, 1775. =Bib.=: Doughty, Siege of Quebec.