Showing posts with label Expenditures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Expenditures. Show all posts

Thursday, March 1, 2018


Generosity increasingly came in the 17th century to signify a variety of traits of character and action historically associated [whether accurately or not] with the ideals of actual nobility: gallantry, courage, strength, richness, gentleness, and fairness.

Writing in his journal late in the month of November 1759, General Townshend unknowingly documented the empathy and personal character of each and every man of Fraser's Highlanders, regarding their collective generosity and monetary contributions to the British government.


Novr. 25, 1759

"Having Intelligence that the Merchants every greedy of gain to purchase Furs, had Transmitted a good deal of Cash to Montreal, where they were much in want of the Commodity, the Paper Money by Reason of the Ficklish Situation of the Colony being in utter disrepute, and their being by no means in the military Chest a Sufficency to Defray the Contingent expenses of the garrison, to procure what was wanted and Effectually to prevent a Commerce so destructive to us, I this day Published a kind of Proclamation, to encourage the Friends and well wishers of His Majesty to lend what they could afford, for which Col. Burton, the next officer in Command to me and I gave our Bills to be Repaid in Six Months with Intrest at 5 Per Cent. This in a short time procured us so considerable a sum at £8000 which without having recount to further Expedient, will enable us to await the Arrival of the ships and be it Remembered to the Honour of the Highland or 78th Regiment Commanded by Colonel Fraser, that the Non Commission Officers and Private Men of that Single Regiment contributed of that sum £2000."

                                                                                                         [Gen. James Townshend]

Serjeant James Thompson of 78th Regiment further described the event of that cold winter day as follows:

"General Murray, being in want of funds to carry on his government during the winter, summoned all the officers and enquired if they had any money, and if their soldiers had any money that they could lend to the Governor until the supplies arrived from England in the spring. We were told of the wants of the Governor, and the next day we were paraded every man and told that we should receive our money back with interest, as soon as possible; and in order to prevent any mistake, every man received his receipt for his amount, and for fear he should lose it, the Adjutant went along the ranks, and entered in a book the name and sum opposite to every man; and, by the Lord Harry! When they came to count it up, they found that our regiment alone, Fraser’s Highlanders, had mustered six thousand guineas! It was not long after we had lent our money, that one morning a frigate was seen coming round Point Levi with supplies. We were soon afterwards mustered, and every man received back his money with twelve months interest, besides the thanks of the General.”

General James Townshend, "Journal Commencing From The Surrender Of Quebec, November 25, 1759." LAC, Northcliffe Collection: General Townshend Papers, vol. 15, Microfilm C-369.

Campbell, Jeffrey A. His Majesty's Courageous Highlanders [Createspace Publishing, 2014].

©  Jeffrey Campbell, Fraser's 78th Regiment of Foot, 2018.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Monies paid to Captain Alexander Campbell, 78th Regiment

By the Honble James Murray Esqr.
Governor of Quebec
You are hereby required and directed out of such Monies as are or shall come into your hands for the Contingent Expenses of His Majesty’s Forces under my Command, to Pay or cause to be paid to Captain Alexander Campbell Paymaster of his Majesty’s 78th Regiment of Foot or his assigns, the sum of Seven hundred Seventy one Pounds, three shillings and two pence Sterling, in Dollars at four shillings and eight pence each without Deduction, being for Subsistence of said Regiment, from the 25th of August to the 24th October 1763 both days inclusive as p the annexed amount, and for so doing this with the acquittance of the said Captain Alexr. Campbell or his assigns, Shall be your Sufficient Warrant and Discharge.

Given under my Hand at Quebec
This 15th day of October 1763.
/Signed/ Ja: Murray

To John Powell Esqr.
Paymt. To His Majesty’s
Forces in Quebec
/Counts of H.J. Cramahe
                 42 Serjeants @ 1/p diem.. £2  2  --
    42 Corpls………..8d………………. 1  8 –
    22 Drumr………..8d………………. --  14  8
    337 Private……..6d……………….. 8  8  6
                               Total for one day   £12  13  2
                               Total for 61 Days…………………£771  3  2
                                                                Alexr. McLeod Captain
                                                                                78th Regiment
                                                                Alexr. Campbell Paymaster
                                                                                78th Regiment

Note: This muster of 443 soldiers accounts for 170 discharged soldiers that remained in North America at the conclusion of the war, and 273 soldiers [10 less than initially reported] that returned home in December 1763.

James Murray, “Monies paid to Captain Alexander Campbell, 78th Regiment.” Letterbook/Copie de lettres, 1763-1771. LAC, RG4, C2, vol. 1.

©  Jeffrey Campbell, Fraser's 78th Regiment of Foot, 2017.   

Monday, August 14, 2017

Major Clephane's Company's Expenses from Kilravock to Glasgow, 1757

A detailed account of Major Clephane's company's expenses on their march from Kilravock to Glasgow, Scotland encompassing approximately 180 miles over a 10-day period, with layovers for entertainment, supplies, and fresh horses. The soldiers would stay in Glasgow for an additional 10 days or so, presumably waiting on the arrival of the remaining companies from the regiment.

Newspaper accounts depict the recruits' uniforms reviewed in Glasgow during this period, and about April 19th proceeding west to Port Patrick en route to Donaghadee, Ireland. From there, they would eventually march south to Cork, Ireland and depart for North America in 10 transport ships under cover of the Enterprize, a 40-gun man-of-war, on June 30, 1757.

In a letter to his brother, dated April 8, 1757 at Kilraick, Major Clephane discussed the first two companies departing together for Glasgow. "...I have at last sent off for Glasgow 124 recruits along with Colonel Fraser’s company (our two companies making the first division of the battalion)." Captain Arthur Rose, Kilraick's uncle, would accompany Clephane's men on the march due to his pressing business around the country.

Expenses from Kilravock to Glasgow

Marcht from Kilraick Thursday 31 March 1757
Dulcey, 31st
- For Entertenment:  £0  10  0

Avemore, April 1st
- For horse hire:  £0  3  6
- For Entertenment:  £0  5  6
- To McCoulmore for horse hire:  £0  6  0

Ruven, April 2d & 3d
- For Drams to the men:  £0  13  6
- For Entetenment for 2 days:  £0  15  6

Dalnacardigk, April 4th
- For Entetenment:  £0  6  6
- To the Seven Nairn men accounted for:  £0  7  0
- To John Innes 6 mens pay for 2 days accounted for:  £0  6  0
- To John Fraser 8 mens pay for 2 days accounted for:  £0  8  0
- To Donald McIntosh the Cook accounted for:  £0  1  6
- To the seven men sent back to Inverness:  £0  7  0
- To John Robertson accounted for:  £0  ?  0
- To Donald Cuthbert accounted for:  £0  ?  0
- To McCoulmore for hors hire:  £0  5  0
- To John Watson and Gray:  £0  10  6
- To McCoul:  £0  5  0
- To Donald McDonald & Little Donald McDonald one sh each:  £0  2  0

- To John Watson at Crief April 6th for the men:  £3  0  0
- To McCoulmore for horsehire at Crief:  £0  3  6
- For Drams to the men at Rumelru:  £0  10  6
- For Entertenment at Tay Bridge:  £0  6  0
- To McCoul:  £0  3  6

Sterling April 7th
- To John Watson more for the mens pay:  £2  0  0
- For Entertenment:  £0  4  0
- To the piper:  £0  3  6

Kirkintullock April the 8th
- To Entertenment:  £0  3  0
- For Servants and horse:  £0  3  0

Glasgow April the 9th
- To John Watson more money for the mens pay:  £5  5  0

Glasgow April 11th
- To McCoule for carreing him home:  £?  ?  0
- To old McKenzies accounted for:  £0  0  6
- To McCoule for horse hire at Glasgow:  £0  3  6
- Got back from John Watson of the 5 guineas:  £0  18  0
- Given to John Watson for the mens pay:  £5  0  0
- To James Geddes and his comerad Six pence each the same:  £0  1  0

Glasgow April 13th
- To John Watson for the mens:  £5  0  0
- Recived Back for John Watson:  £1  1  0
- To Robertson from Holland:  £0  3  0
- To the Piper:  £0  2  0

Saturday Aprile 16th paid all the men their pay & arrears
from the time they left Kilraick till the above date

April 6 gave John Watson:
£3  2  0
-To Sandie Rose:
£3  3  0
- More to Sandie Rose:
£2  2  0
- More to Sandie Rose Sunday:
£2  2  0
     £01  9  0
Gave more to the mens use:
£5  5  0
18 more to Sandie Rose:
£1  1  0
  £16  15  0

April 18th Glasgow
John Watson & Rose Debers
- To Sandie Rose:
£21  0  0
- from 16th till 18th:
£16  15  0
- from 13th till 16th:
£5  0  0
- from 11th till 13th:
£5  0  0
- from 9th till 11th:
£5  5  0
Stirling April 7th
- from 7th till 9th:
£2  0  0
April 6th at Crief: 
£3  0  0
£21  0  0

Glasgow April 18
John Watson Credetor
£1  1  0
£0  18  0

The different cantonments en route to Glasgow, 31 March - 9 April, 1757:
- Dulsie, 31 Mar.
- Aviemore, 1 Apr.
- Ruthven Barracks, 2-3 Apr.
- Dalnacardoch, 4 Apr.
- Crief, 6 Apr.
- Stirling, 7 Apr.
- Kirkintulloch, 8 Apr.
- Glasgow, 9 Apr.

Note: Donald McDonald and "Little" Donald McDonald are most likely father/son.

Major James Clephane, "Account of the company's expenses on the march to embark at Greenock, 31 March - 18 April, 1757." NAS, GD125-22-16-16.

Rose, H., and Lachlan Shaw. A Genealogical Deduction of the Family of Rose of Kilravock: with Illustrative Documents from the Family Papers, and Notes. Edinburgh, 1848.

©  Jeffrey Campbell, Fraser's 78th Regiment of Foot, 2017.