General George Wade

George Wade 1673-1748. Major General and Member of Parliament. In 1724 Lord Lovat submitted a report to George I on the state of the Highlands and the Jacobite threat. His conclusions were alarming.  In April of the following year, General George Wade was appointed Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Forces, Castles, Forts and Barracks in North Britain with the brief to subdue the Highlands and restore security.  He is most renowned for his initiative on "mending the Roads between Garrisons and Barracks for the better Communication of His Majesty'sTroops" He completed 250 miles of road ( 5 highways) and 40 bridges before handing over to Major William Caulfield in 1740. The eighteenth century military roads are generally known as "Wade's Roads" and indeed Wade was given so much credit that his name features in the National Anthem. In fact most of the military roads were built by William Caulfied.  Roy's map shows all five of Wade's roads in high emphasis.  They were built between 1725 and 1734.  

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