The Early Modern Era

Liam (William) S. Brockington, (Jr.) Master’s Thesis

The Usage Of Scottish Mercenaries By Anti-Imperial Forces In The Thirty Years’ War (1968)

 Liam (William) S. Brockington, (Jr.) Master’s Thesis: The Usage of Scottish Mercenaries by the Anti-Imperial Forces in the Thirty Years’ War. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in the Department of History, University of South Carolina (1968).

Sub scribitur:
John Patrick Dolan, PhD (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, 1955), Thesis Director.
Peter W. Becker MA (PhD, Stanford University, 1971), Second Reader.
H.W. Davis, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School.
Updated, Revised and Edited: 1969 – 2011.


WSB. E-Book: Usage of Scottish Mercenaries {USM} is essentially my Master’s Thesis which was researched, written and typed several decades ago (1966–1968). Please bear in mind the ‘when’ and the ‘why’ of this effort. For those unaware of the world of academia, a thesis is but one hurdle for a would-be scholar. It is also a project written to satisfy the demands (and often, sadly, the whims) of the primary thesis director. Also, remember that it was created in what, to those younger than I, is undoubtedly the Dark Ages. In those pre-personal computer times, drafts were hand-written, then typed on a manual, portable, German typewriter which I purchased while matriculating at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen DE. Editing and re-writing was a tedious, time-consuming, difficult and yet, on occasion, hurried task. This was especially true when success in securing an academic position meant completion of all degree requirements requisite for a specific job-opening, which was certainly true in my case. The final draft was typed on a portable, electric typewriter (not an IBM Selectric, which was available for my dissertation ). Multiple copies (four) of the manuscript were produced by using carbon paper; photo-copying was impermissible in 1968 (for what reason, I never learned).

Although I could have completely rewritten USM, I chose not to do so for two good reasons. First, up-dating my thesis by incorporating forty-plus years of raw material and post-1968 scholarship would be counter-productive to several goals. First, USM deals with a profession, and my intention is to post a significant amount of material appertaining thereto. USM, then, provides context for further information. Second, I am aware that, for those readers with knowledge and understanding of the early modern era, USM may perhaps raise more questions than it answers (and perchance raise even more eyebrows). However, it is presented so that, by following a prescribed route through this site, novice historians may observe the evolution and maturation of a scholar and of his scholarly endeavors. Third, it is my intention to write a biography of Colonel Robert Monro {RM}: It Was because I Loved my Camerades {Camerades} will be an E-Biography of the life and times of the author of Monro, His Expedition {Expedition}, which is To Be Posted {TBP} in 2015. Having USM posted allows Camerades to flow naturally from USM.

This is not to say that USM is as was. There are changes: explanatory notes in the original are now, for the most part, included in the text; typos were corrected [hopefully without adding new ones]; now obligatory dual measurements/values are provided; and there is some rephrasing and tightening of the prose. Spelling of surnames reflects point of origin; dates are provided only for those significant to USM [see Names [TBP at on this site]. What little pagination appears refers to USM pagination. Citations are abbreviated; full citations appear in the bibliography (beginning 141) as well as in the Bibliography section of this site; bibliographical style and abbreviations used are explained in the introductory section of the Bibliography. Emboldened words in ellipses indicate how subsequent usages appear; a complete listing is provided at the bibliography. Information regarding individual Scots (rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and above) appears in Appendix II.

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Links to other publications on the Early Modern Era

Defenestration of Prague, May 23 1618, Political coup d’état; Hradčany Castle in Prague, Bohemia

Scottish Military Emigrants in the Early Modern Era [Dissertation]