Like many Scottish families, the Buckelews were loyal to Scotland and the English crown even though they had lived in the colonies for generations, so when the winds of war blew over the South Carolina back country, Richard, Frederick and other Buckelews joined the Loyalist Campaign.  

Frederick served in John Cotton’s Regiment under Major Ferguson for 182 days from June 14, to December 1780. Major Ferguson was killed at the battle of King’s Mountain on October 7, 1780. Frederick Buckelew may have taken part in this devasting battle, but his name has never been located as a participant. Before the end of the revolution, Frederick switched sides, and ultimately went to Georgia and receiving land in the 1820 land lottery for his service as a revolutionary soldier. He died after 1830 in Twiggs County, Georgia.

Although there are many spellings for the name, the Scottish spelling is Buccleuch. The first Duke of Buccleuch was created for the illegitimate son of Charles II of England. He married Ann Scott, took the name Scott, and was executed in 1685 for treason. The land remained in the Scott family, and the 10th Duke of Buccleuch lives on today as the largest land owner in the lowlands of Scotland.