Lauchlan Macpherson

Lauchlan Macpherson

Born ca. 1740
Died 1766 in Africa


Son of Donald Macpherson of Breakachie, and Christian Macpherson. In 1759 he became an ensign in the 78th Foot Regiment (known as Fraser's Highlanders). In 1760 he was promoted to Lieutenant. His regiment was disbanded in 1763, but he returned to active service in August, 1765, in a company headed for Africa. The next year he became seriously ill, and died in Africa on December 5, 1766.

According to Boswell "Lord Marischal took a liking to [Macpherson] in Scotland and made him come to Berlin to see the world a little at his Lordship's expense."1

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell met Macpherson in Berlin on July 5, 1764, and described him as "a fine, honest, spirited fellow." They spent a lot of time in each other's company during Boswell stay in the city.