The paradox of the American Revolution is well displayed by Roberts in his writings. Sometimes incompetents and morons and political hacks do find their ways into places
above their skill level. Rouges also find opportunity in political chaos.
Loyalists took many forms and some of them were wealthy land owners. However, Roberts in several places describes Scots as the key figures. Now there were many who were lured to Canada with promises of land grants for their services. However, more curious are the back woodsmen who had little to gain from the rule of another inbred idiotic useless English monarch.
Perhaps there is a large degree of truth to Macs claim that as a Mountain Man at the time of the Revolution one just highly likely to be a Scot in the first place. Some Scots did fight on the side of the Patriots as well. It should be noted that German, Dutch settlers did fight for the Patriots.
I have finnished the oft criticized third book of six in Oliver Wiswell. The criticism of this book is out of proportion. It is a transitional chapter and very important for the development of charachters in earlier chapters. Book two is masterful and Book four looks promising.