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Patrick W Anderson
3 February 2011, 4.21pm

Lieutenant James Wolfe then

Lieutenant James Wolfe then at the Battle Of Culloden in April 1746 refused to shoot a fellow officer on the Jacobite side . This other officer was I think a Fraser clan chief who had been wounded in action .

Ed Katz
8 February 2011, 4.20pm

By capturing Quebec Wolfe

By capturing Quebec Wolfe helped to bring hostilities in North America to a speedier conclusion than might otherwise have been the case. Despite poor health, his uncertainty about how to attain his goal and the lateness of the season for such a decisive campaign he overcame all odds to achieve an important victory, one of the most important in the Seven Years war.

Vanessa Gain
16 April 2011, 9.17am

This is my ancestor on my

This is my ancestor on my father's side.

useless general
21 October 2011, 2.40pm

Where is Amherst? He was the

Where is Amherst? He was the one who actually conquered New France not Wolfe. His three pronged advance on Montreal is the stuff of legend.

S Besley
12 February 2012, 10.36pm

Most celebrated of the 18th

Most celebrated of the 18th century? Where as I feel Wolfe was one of the ablest British Generals of that century I would personally suggest John Churchil the First Duke of Marlborough might argue on the wider claim.

Bernhard Klapdor
4 January 2013, 2.04am

On Culloden Battlefield it

On Culloden Battlefield it was Charles Fraser of Inverallochy (eldest son of "Old Inverallochy") he denied to shoot. 21 years old Charles was Lt.Col. and substituted Simon Fraser of Lovat (son of "the Ol' Criminal"), the Fraser's regiment Col., who was on desperate search of provisions that chilly april day. Wolfe was then Brevet Major and it is still not clear if the order was either given by the Duke of Cumberland or Maj.Gen. "Hangman" Hawley. Charles Fraser was mortally wounded and not able to act, having spearheaded the onslaught onto Sempills regiment with a breakthrough of the first two Hanoverian rows. After Wolfe refused as said "I am here at your disposal but not to lose my honour, Sir!", six more officers refused and a sergeant was forced to carry out the order by threat of death penalty on the spot.
Wolfe's character brought the Frasers of Lovat and Inverallochy to rally and support British Troops in the American Theatre since 1757. How much the Culloden aftermath is linked to the battle on the plains of Abraham on Sept. 13th 1759 relating to Wolfe could tell the death of Simon Fraser, younger brother of the above mentioned Charles. Simon served as a captain in the Fraser's regiment and was severely wounded into the hip near the spot where Wolfe received his mortal wound. A month later Simon died aged 27 caused by his received wound. Simon enlisted on behalf of Wolfe, as many Frasers already living for several years in (French!) Canada or the British colonies did also.
Wolfe's health had been unfirm since birth. His self-assessment of his conditions was always intact but notwithstanding he overstrained his physical abilities at any time regardlessly. That made him sometimes acting fatally harsh in gaining the day. But nevertheless he earned his soldiers unfailing loyality, they shared the same sleeping ground, stood the same volleys, grappeld the same spades to dig trenches. He never charged his soldiers to carry out what he ever wouldn't do on his own. That made this Man great and remarkable.
I think his character should be more regarded as the circumstances of the war theatres that led to Churchill's extraordinary reputation. Wolfe was devoted english, made even friends among devoted Jacobites by being himself, was never payed a yearly 6,000 bp apanage by doubtful characters from abroad, never offered a political both-side-flirting like Churchill did and never inflicted rumours of treason on Britain. If I, as a German, were allowed to judge, Wolfe is the most distinguished and outstanding leading british General of his times and age concerning his character. And by far one of the few Generals of his time who was able to measure the scales of risk, feasibility and effect instinctively and rightaway. I wouldn't put it past him that he was able to manage wider theatres if it didn't end up on Abrahams Plains. If war is necessary at all.
If Newcastle would have detached him onto the German Theatre in 1757 instead of Cumberland the war could have ended probably in 1760, too. France couldn't threat the colonies for no longer than 1760 by lack of shipping-capacities. A million people in the colonies outnumbering the 70,000 French in Canada.

beth and emma
27 September 2013, 1.32pm

I loveeeeee James Wolfe, he

I loveeeeee James Wolfe, he is such an inspirational person.

Carl De Leon
28 November 2013, 3.46pm

I'm doing a project on him

I'm doing a project on him right now if anyone has any other websites with info let me know.

4 February 2014, 8.48pm

After looking though my

After looking though my family tree and research we have discovered I am related to James Wolfe.

Victoria creed/ducker/buter
23 February 2014, 3.23am

My father who is Stephen

My father who is Stephen ducker is related to James Wolfe we live in London. My father has family all over the world he says and I would love to find my family so if that's you above please leave a comment thx

Albert Head
13 April 2014, 8.33pm

If Wolfe is in the list, then

If Wolfe is in the list, then I am surprised Brock is not. Not that Brock (or Wolfe) deserved to be in the top runners, but Brock was every bit as capable, if not more so, as Wolfe and rather less of a loony.

11 July 2014, 10.32pm

Hi my grandmother mother is

Hi my grandmother mother is buried next to James family Eliza in Chelsea if you are related to this man maybe we could be long lost family as my father told me he's has family all over the world but lost touch many years ago I would love to find my family thank you for reading.

7 August 2014, 2.57pm

I am also related to him, my

I am also related to him, my Great grandmother's maiden name was Wolfe.

Linda Wolfe-Newell
5 September 2014, 5.50pm

I'm related to James Wolfe,

I'm related to James Wolfe, but working now on the exact lineage. If anyone knows about ancestors of Willis T. Wolfe or descendants of Edward Wolfe or Daniel R. Wolfe, please let me know. Thank you!

Dylan Wolfe
13 October 2014, 5.04pm

this is my 4x great grandad

this is my 4x great grandad when i look up on my family tree.

Charlie Murray Beattie
3 February 2015, 10.55pm

James Wolfe was known as "The

James Wolfe was known as "The Red-Haired Corporal" by the Fraser Highlanders 78th of foot, due to the gold aiguillette (similar to a corporal's white worsted shoulder knot) that hung from his right shoulder, these were the men who would take the Heights of Abraham. One of the best accounts of the French-Indian War was by James Thompson a Gentleman Volunteer, who as a sergeant in the Fraser Highlanders, he kept a diary of anecdotical stories, "Whack went the Broadsword", which tell of the sheer brutality of war, A Bard of Wolfe's Army by Chapman & McCulloch is a fantastic read.

16 April 2015, 12.42pm

His letter after Culloden

His letter after Culloden paints a slightly different picture

Major James Wolfe to William Sotheron

Inverness, 17 April 1746
The Duke engaged with the rebel army, and in about an hour drove them from the field of battle, where they left near 1500 dead; the rest, except prisoners, escaped by the neighbourhood of the hills.
The rebels posted themselves on a high boggy moor, where they imagined our cannon and cavalry would be useless; but both did essential service. The cannon in particular made them very uneasy, and after firing a quarter of an hour, obliged them to change their situation and move forward some 100 yards to attack our front line of Foot, which they did with more fury than prudence, throwing down their firearms, and advancing with their drawn swords. They were however repulsed, and ran off with the greatest precipitation, and the Dragoons falling in amongst them completed the victory with much slaughter. We have taken about 20 pieces of cannon in the field and 700 prisoners, amongst which are all the Irish piquets, and broadswords, plaids innumberable.
Orders were publicly given in the rebel army, the day before the action, that no quarter should be given to our troops. We had an opportunity of avenging ourselves, and I assure you as few prisoners were taken of the Highlanders as possible.... May they ever be punished in the same manner who attempt the like!

Bernhard Klapdor
25 April 2015, 9.23pm

Charlie Murray Beattie 3

Charlie Murray Beattie
3 February 2015, 11.55pm

Thanks a lot for that Information!

Bernhard Klapdor
25 April 2015, 9.54pm

Todd 16 April 2015,

16 April 2015, 1.42pm

His letter after Culloden paints a slightly different Picture ...

Right! The letters home sounded a different way also. He was young, a devoted soldier and trapped by his loyality to King and Cumberland. To a man who falsified Murrays daily order by crossing out "... 'shall any quarter' be given..." and replacing above it with his own handwriting 'shall no quarter'.

It doesn't mean to call Wolfe's behaviour humanly or even more humanly than the tides of the 1740-ies showed. His refusal was heared as a statement of honour. I by myself like to imagine that slight shock after that bloody encounter when getting this desastrous order to shoot a fatally wounded human. Even in the 1740-ies. As it should be at any time...

And maybe he made more of that victory as it truely was. If nothing else, he didn't raid the field on the 17th...

Lillian Fisher
6 October 2015, 11.43am

I am told that my husband,

I am told that my husband, Robert Fisher, is a descendant of General James Wolfe. If you have a Wolfe family tree, please can I have a look at it. Thank you.

Quinn Wolfe-Jones
3 December 2015, 5.20pm

I'm a direct descendant of

I'm a direct descendant of James Wolfe and am very proud to be related to such a badass...we actually found his original journal and bought it from a library in's a pretty cool feeling to know we share the same blood. I can only hope that i could make a similar impression on the world.

James Wolfe
16 December 2015, 3.45pm

I am James Wolfe :D

I am James Wolfe

stuart thomsett
18 December 2015, 2.48pm

The ghosts of James Wolfe's

The ghosts of James Wolfe's fiance and her mother wait at a house in bath for James to return from Quebec. According to Ghost walk of bath.
Am going to the lamb in devizes to hear reefs lead singer. Wolfe stayed there in route to bath.

Warren Lewis
21 December 2015, 3.48pm

Hello everyone, I am directly

Hello everyone, I am directly related to James Wolfe and am currently trying to build our family tree. If anyone can help me in any way please email. Thank you
and please also check out this Wolfe video I have recently edited:

Julia marabella
3 January 2016, 7.14pm

General Wolfe was an ancestor

General Wolfe was an ancestor on my late father David Bowermans side. In fact the name Wolfe features strongly still in my family's history having many members with Wolfe in their names.
He appeared to have been a great leader and i am always interested in learning more about him....

Penelope Morris
20 February 2016, 3.25am

I am a descendant of General

I am a descendant of General James Wolfe through my paternal grandmother. My cousin in England has the complete family tree which I am currently hoping to get a copy for my son Dylan. I visited the battlefield in Quebec where he fought his last battle.

Lorie Casbourne
16 September 2016, 12.44am

It is rumoured in my family

It is rumoured in my family that we are related to James Wolfe. I am just starting out family tree, and was wondering if anyone has had a DNA test? If so, do I test paternal or maternal?


Cameron Nash
22 October 2016, 4.37pm

As General James Wolfe did

As General James Wolfe did not marry or have legitimate children I am interested to know how the above writers are related to him. Does anyone know of any illegitimate child?

Nancy E Burns
29 December 2016, 2.23am

I am a direct descendant of

I am a direct descendant of Adam Wolfe, who fought in the American Revolution and was said to be a relative of Gen. James Wolfe. Adam married Rachel Oldham and had 10 children. My mother's mother was of that Wolfe line in Ohio. I have that family tree if anyone wants it. I would like to know how Adam was related to James and who Adam's father was.

Debbie S
18 January 2017, 2.18am

We also have a lot of Wolfe's

We also have a lot of Wolfe's in our family tree, with the belief that we are related to James, but I am stuck in finding the connection. We have a John James Wolfe 1773-1839 who's decedents ended up in Utah as Isoms.
To Nancy, I read somewhere he had potentially had two illegitimate children, a Sarah Timmins born in 1759 and an Adam born in 1760.

Toni L Macdonald
14 February 2017, 3.50am

To Nancy E Burns....your

To Nancy E Burns....your comment is exactly what I was going to write...I too am a direct descendant of Adam Wolfe....I had Maj-Gen James Wolfe as an ancestor but the dates of birth and death do not match with the two...I am so lost on this.
If Adam was born in Dec 1760 but James passed away in Sept doesn't work and now I am back to the beginning.

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