German village to honour Scottish soldier

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The buccaneering, but largely forgotten, exploits of an 18th century Scottish soldier, who once controlled vast tracts of Europe, are to be commemorated by the German village where he died in battle.

James Keith, a charismatic military mastermind, governed Finland, Ukraine, and Berlin. He was feted as a soldier in Spain, in Russia and in Prussia, and sought as a lover by the Tsarina Elizabeth I.

But despite contemporary acclaim, Keith's career is today more shrouded in anonymity than celebrated.

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