General James Drummond, younger son of George Drummond of Drummerwhance, Perthshire, was born in the 1750s. His military career began during the American War of Independence as an ensign in the the 40th Regiment between 1776 and 1783. By 1793, he had attained the rank of colonel and served in the West Indies, where, during the siege of Guadeloupe, in 1794, he was captured. He escaped the following year and returned to England. Between 1798 and 1892, Drummond served in Ireland, where he met and married the daughter of Major Reed of Dublin. In 1804 he was promoted to the staff at Gilbraltar and in 1821 achieved the rank of General, after which time he retired to his ancestral home, Culdees Castle, Perthshire.