An exhibition to commemorate the 290th anniversary of an American War of Independence hero who was born in Rosehearty has gone on display in Fraserburgh.
Brigadier General Hugh Mercer (1726-1777) is revered in the USA with the town of Mercersburg named in his honour, as are counties in eight U.S states - yet he is virtually unknown in Scotland.
Anew exhibition at the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre aims to change that with a display that will highlight Mercer’s achievements both as a soldier and as a physician.
Mercer was born at Pitsligo Manse near Rosehearty before escaping to America following the Battle of Culloden and become an American war hero.
The Hugh Mercer display includes a replica 3rd Virginia Regiment officer’s uniform as worn by General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton in 1777 where he was mortally wounded.
A grant from Aberdeenshire Council has enabled the Heritage Society to commission this uniform.
Antique apothecary items, on loan from Fraserburgh chemist, Robert Baird, represent Mercer’s role as a prominent physician.
The Heritage Society also hopes to develop educational links with the Hugh Mercer Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, through the project.
Fredericksburg is also home to a statue of Mercer and there is another one of him in Philadelphia.