Re: The 1776 unpleasantness --
- From: James Dempster <talksinsentences@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 06:52:09 +0100
On Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:58:19 GMT, Jeff <jorg826@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 22/07/2010 12:37 PM, singhals wrote:e.
Family lore says he was in the 88th Foot.
The 88th Foot of 1779-83. This corps was raised under an order dated
19th October 1779, and was numbered as the 88th Foot. It was, disbanded
at the peace of 1783.
The 88th Regiment of Foot (The Connaught Rangers) was not raised until 1793
So, if I understand you correctly it would seem (altho' I am NOT a
military expert) that there isn't a unit with that name that spans the
entire period you mention.
There was an earlier 88th (Highland Volunteers) Foot from 1760-1763.
Using the archived version of the old Regiments.Org site at I find
1760.01.01 88th Regiment of Foot (Highland Volunteers)
raised in Argyle, Perth, Inverness, Ross, and Sutherland from a
nucleus of 87th Keith's Highlanders; also known as Campbell's
Highlanders (not to be confused with 100th Campbell's Highlanders)
1760.01 embodied at Stirling
1763.07.17 disbanded at Linlithgow
There is a short account at
A possibility is that he served in 88th and then emigrated to America
after its disbandment, and then volunteered in 1776.
J.B. Bulloch in "Territorial Soldiering" notes that there are no
Muster Rolls for either 87th or 88th and that the Notification Books
which list the officers show them as all gazetted to 87th and "it is
only when we come to the Succession Books... that we are able to see
the particular regiment to which each officer was assigned". He then
goes on to reconstruct the officer list for 87th.
The Notification and Succession Books were at the PRO in Bulloch's
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