Born in 1712 in the outskirts of Edinburgh Scotland, Lord Thomas was born into privilege, and as a privileged
Scottish Lord, enjoyed the inheritance of several estates at a young age. He fought in the battle of
Culloden against the clans, in defiance of the Jacobite rebellion.
He was deeply saddened in the battle's aftermath where he witnessed the murder of all prisoners and the search
and kill methods used against those wounded. His friend John Frazier, fighting on the opposite side,
was severely wounded and beaten, but managed to survive as a cripple. He was said to be a changed man when he saw the
systematic explusion of all peoples's from the highlands, many leaving for America. It was at that point in his life
it is said he decided to dedicate himself to helping those less fortunate than himself.
He landed in Boston in 1748, and eventually settled in Albany. Having sold many estates in Scotland, he was determined
to help set straight the plight of some of the highlanders now in the wildnerness areas of New York and
New Hampshire. Having witnessed much prejudice in Scotland, he found a new prejudice in America, those with
money and those without. Most of the Scottish highlanders were found without, and Lord Thomas used his wealth to
help in any way he could. He bacame a man respected and honored in Albany for his great works of kindness.
During the French and Indian War he joined Rogers Rangers, but refused to be paid. He became one of the few survivors
of the raid on St. Francis. He was said to be especially kind and generous to his fellow rangers who
survived the raid. He was mustered out of Rogers Rangers in November, 1759.
At the outbreak of hostilities ushering in the American Revolution, he returned to Scotland. He was claimed to
have said, "Three wars in anyones lifetime is three wars too many". He settled in the flatlands below
Sterling Castle. Unmarried and with no family, he died October 12, 1781, a virtual unknown. Dedicating his
life to helping others he died with John Frazier, Mac, and just a half dozen others paying homage at his burial.