William Heath, a major general in the American revolution, born in Roxbury, Mass., March 7, 1737, died there, Jan. 24, 1814. When the Massachusetts congress in 1774 voted to enroll 12,000 minute men, volunteers from among the militia, Heath, then a farmer in Roxbury, was commissioned as one of the generals. On June 22,1775, be was appointed brigadier in the continental army, and in August, 1776, became major general. When the troops moved to New York, Heath was stationed in the highlands near King's Bridge. In 1777 he was transferred to Boston, and the prisoners of Saratoga were intrusted to him. In June, 1779, he was again at the highlands, with four regiments, and ho was stationed near the Hudson till the close of the war. He was the last surviving major general of the revolutionary army, and published "Memoirs of Maj. Gen. Heath, containing Anecdotes, Details of Skirmishes, Battles, etc, during the American War " (1798).

Scotch Heath (Erica cinerea).

Scotch Heath (Erica cinerea).