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Information leading to the better understanding of the officers and men of the King's /8th/ Regiment of Foot which served in North America from 1768 to 1785


 

The King' Regiment served in Quebec, Canada generally, and the 'upper Posts' of the Great Lakes throughout the period of the War of the American Revolution. Many of them remained after the war, either in other military capacities, civil administration, or as civilians.  We hope to gather sufficient biographical information to give us an understanding of their experiences.

 

To that end, please find listed below, both officers and men of regiment in alphabetical order.  If your historical or genealogical research or interests should turn up any one of them, please use the address given at the bottom to pass along the reference.  We would be most grateful for your help.  Thank You.

 

E-mail to bloomie@olm1.com

 

(Please note that dates given in brackets represent an estimated date based on first commissioning.  Rank here refers to that held on New Year, 1780.  Where marked by an asterix, that officer had not yet been commissioned by 1 January, 1780.  Those marked by an 'x', had already left the regiment, and perhaps the army (and perhaps, this life!).  Important notes to identification follow in braces.  Where the origin is listed as 'England', that designation was frequently used in the period to refer to the colonies or other crown dependencies as well as England proper.)


 

Name

Lived

Origin

Rank

Appreece, John

1748-?

England

Ensign (x)

Armstrong, Andrew

{Possibly related to Colonel Bigoe Armstrong.}

[1759] -?

 

Ensign

Armstrong, Archibald

{Possibly related to Colonel Bigoe Armstrong.}

[1758] -?

 

Ensign

Armstrong, Bigoe

 

 

Lieutenant-General &Colonel

Armstrong, C. Nugent

{Possibly related to Colonel Bigoe Armstrong}

[1760] -?

 

Ensign*

Armstrong, George

{Related to Colonel Bigoe Armstrong.}

[1755] -?

 

Lieutenant

Armstrong, John

{Possibly related to Colonel Bigoe Armstrong}

[1760] -?

 

Ensign*

Armstrong, Thomas St. George

{Possibly related to Colonel Bigoe Armstrong}

 

 

Ensign*

Armstrong, William

{Possibly related to Colonel Bigoe Armstrong}

[1760] -?

 

Ensign*

Bailey, -----

 

 

Sergeant

Barker, James

 

 

Private

Bennet, Thomas

1746-?

England

Lieutenant

Bird, Henry

{Early inhabitant of Amherstburg, Ontario.}

1748-?

England

Captain-Lieutenant

Bliss, Daniel

[1763] -?

 

Ensign*

Bolton, Mason

[1730]-1780

Dublin, Ireland

Lieutenant-Colonel

Bourne, Obediah

1724-?

England

Captain (x)

Brock, John

{Probably a relative of the future General Sir Isaac Brock, who is commissioned in the King's Regiment in 1785.  Possibly from the Channel Islands as he is mentioned by Durrel Suamarez (of Jersey) in letters home.}

 

 

Lieutenant

Brooke, Robert Bounds

[1752] -?

 

Lieutenant

Burnet, John

{Acting as a Captain in the Provincial Marine Department, ie. a ship's captain.}

 

 

Lieutenant

Butler, Walter

{The Walter Butler, son of Colonel John Butler.  Serving as a Captain in Butler's Rangers. Previously an attorney.}

1752-1781

New York

Ensign

Caldwell, John

1725-1776

Ireland?

Lieutenant-Colonel (x)

Caldwell, John

{Nephew of Lieutenant-Colonel Caldwell.  He has acquired some fame from having his portrait painted in Native American attire.}

[1754] -?

Ireland?

Lieutenant

Clements, Robert

 

 

Captain

Clench, Ralph

{Previously a cadet in the 42d Foot, he eventully secured a Lieutenancy in Butler's Rangers.  Died at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.}

1769-1828

Pennsylvania

Volunteer

Clowes, George

 

 

Lieutenant

Coote, Thomas

{Nephew of Generl Sir Eyre Coote.}

 

England

Lieutenant

Corrance, John

1718-?

England

Major (x)

Corus, Cassan

{Also served in the 47th Foot and Butler's Rangers.  Settled at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.}

1739?-1835

 

Private

Dame, George

{Probably related to Theophilus.  Was commissioned a captain in the 84th Foot, and Butler's Rangers in turn.  As such, he received a grant of 3,000 acres in Bertie Township, Niagara District (Ontario), but died at Three Rivers, Quebec.}

1750-1807

England

Lieutenant

Dame, Theophilus

1724-?

England

Captain (x)

Delgarno, John

[1748] -?

 

Lieutenant

DePeyster, Arent Schuyler

{After retiring to his wife Rebecca's (nee Blair)  estate near Dumfries, Scotland, he became a friend with the Scottish national  poet Robert Burns.}

1736-1822

England?

Major

Duff, Lewis

{His name always appears preceded by "the Honourable".}

[1736] -?

Scotland

Major (x)

Dundas, Alexander

 

Scotland

Major *

Forster, George

{Became major in the 21st Rt. of Foot in November, 1776.}

1735-?

England

Captain (x)

Fowke, William

[1751] -?

 

Ensign (x)

Fry, PhilipRockwell

{Also spelled 'Frey'.  Serving as Lieutenant in Butler's Rangers.}

1761-?

Canajoharie, NY

Ensign

Gascon, Joseph?

{Also spelled 'Gascoines'.  Died at Detroit.}

1783-?

 

Corporal

Gaskon, Charles

{Brother of Joseph.}

 

 

Private

Gibson, Patrick

 

 

Sergeant

Gough, John

1747-?

England

Ensign (x)

Grant, Thomas

[1761] -?

 

Ensign*

Hamilton, William Osborne

 

 

Lieutenant*

Hanger, William

 

 

Corporal

Hatton, Henry

1740-?

England

Captain (x)

Highmore, William

1748-?

England

Lieutenant (x)

Jennings, George

[1750] -?

 

Ensign (x)

Johnston, Massenden

1737-?

Ireland

Captain (x)

Kinnersley, Anthony

{Probably a relative of Robert Leighton Kinnersley.}

[1759] -?

 

Ensign (x)

Kinnersley, Robert Leighton

[1750] -?

England?

Lieutenant

 

Langdown, Amos

 

 

Sergeant

Latham, James

1737-?

Ireland

Surgeon (x)

LeConte, Peter

{May be the same as a 'Lieutenant De Conty' who appears at Quebec in 1779.}

 

 

Lieutenant

Lee, John

1746-?

England

Lieutenant (x)

LeMaistre, Francis

{Deputy Adjutant General for Canada.}

 

 

Captain

Lernoult, Richard Berrenger

{Adjutant General for Canada form 1779}

1731-?

England

Captain

Lloyd, H. Hardress

[1760] -?

 

Ensign*

Mc Causland, Robert

1749-?

Scotland

Surgeon

Mc Dougal, Robert (John?)

[1757] -?

 

Ensign

Mathews, Robert

{Military secretary to General Frederick Haldimand}

1745-1814

Scotland

Captain

Mercer, Daniel

[1751] -?

 

Lieutenant

Mitchell, David

{Married a Native American woman, and remained at Mackinac, Michigan when the regiment left Canada.}

 

 

 

Surgeon's Mate

Mompesson, John

{His father John had been Lieutenant-Colonel of the King's Rt. from 1758 till 1768.}

1748-?

England

Captain

Monck, Henry Stanley

[1755] -?

 

Ensign

Monin, Anthony

[1758] -?

 

Ensign

Morrison, William

1733-?

Ireland

Lieutenant (x)

Murchieson, Donald

[1761] -?

 

Ensign*

Parke, Andrew

1747-?

Ireland

Captain

Pawlet, William

[1761] -?

 

Ensign*

Pepyat, Thomas

[1755] -?

 

Lieutenant

Phillips, James

{Also held a commission as a Lieutenant in the Indian Department.  Discharged in 1782 after 26 years service.  Probably stayed in Michigan}

 

 

Sergeant

Pollard, Robert

{Related to Edward Pollard, Great Lakes trader in the late 18th Century.}

[1757] -?

 

Ensign

Potts, William

{From 1782, he was officially seconded to Butler's Rangers}

1738-?

England

Captain

Powell, Kenny

 

 

Captain

Powell, Henry

{Probably same as above.}

 

 

 

Reynolds, Thomas

{Later commisioned ensign in the 34th Foot.}

 

 

Sergeant-Major

Rosenhagen, Philip

{Son of a retainer of the Dutchess of Kendal.  Graduate of Cambridge University.  After ordination served the parishes of St. Mary &St. Michael, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, St. Giles, Mountnessing, St. Mary the Virgin, Tilty and of Little Easton, all in Essex.  Chaplain to the 4th Earl of Chesterfield.  Archdeacon of Colombo (Sri Lanka) from 1798.}

1737-1801

Isleworth, Middlesex

Chaplain

Russel, -----

 

 

Sergeant

St. Germain, Henry

[1761] -?

 

Ensign*

Showrd, Daniel

{Died at Detroit in October, 1778.}

[1751] -?

 

Lieutenant (x)

Steele, George

 

 

Captain (x)

Suamarez, Durell

[1756]-1794

Is. of Jersey

Ensign

Turney, John

{Commissioned 2d Lieutenant in Butler's Rangers.}

[1741] -?

Strangford, Ireland

Sergeant

Watts, Stephen

{Brother-in-law of Sir John Johnson. Officer of the King's Royal Regiment of New York, temporarily a captain in the 8th Rt. of Foot as a humanitarian gesture during his recovery from wounds.  Married a  Miss Sarah Nugent.}

1754-?

New York

Captain

Webb, James

{Also Deputy Commissary for Musters in Canada.}

[1724] -?

Ireland

Major (x)

Williams, George Hanbury

[1756] -?

 

Ensign (x)

Willoe, Samuel

{Had been a prisoner of war following Saratoga, but returned to service before 1782.}

1743-?

Ireland

Captain

Wilmot, Joseph

[1756] -?

 

Ensign

Yonge, Henry

1748-?

England

Lieutenant (x)

 

There are also Privates known only as Carroll, Chatterton, Connolly, Creige, Harben,  McDonald, Maurer &  Spooner.

 

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