Third post in a row! But I begin with a correction concerning what regiment had soldiers on the convict transport Isabella. One document I quoted said:
The vessel was moored at Cowes on Thursday 2nd August 1821 when the detachment of the 24th regiment under orders of Lieut. Harvey from Albury Barracks embarked. There were 28 Privates and Corporals and three women. The following day at noon they weighed anchor and passed through the Needles under light and variable winds. On the next Friday (10th) they arrived at the Cove of Cork after a rough passage when the Guard and women suffered very much from sea sickness. They remained at the Cove of Cork for some time during which time several of the guard became unruly and rebellious. A court-martial took place on board and six soldiers were sent back to shore.
But then in my same post I gave you this:
24th or 94th? Both agree about Lieutenant Harvey. Has to be 94th, as that news clipping is from 1822, whereas the other citation is a 20th/21st century web page! No contest. So I became curious about the 94th, and of course Wikipedia knows everything!
The regiment was raised, from officers who had previously served in the Scots Brigade, by General Francis Dundas as the Scotch Brigade on 9 October 1794. The regiment embarked for Gibraltar in November 1795 and then moved on to South Africa in 1796 before transferring to India in late 1798. The regiment landed at Madras in January 1799 and saw action at the Battle of Mallavelly in March 1799 and the Siege of Seringapatam in April 1799 during the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War. It was renumbered as the 94th Regiment of Foot in December 1802. It also took part in the Battle of Argaon in November 1803 and the Capture of Gawilghur in December 1803 during the Second Anglo-Maratha War. At Gawilghur, Captain Campbell led the light company of the regiment up the assault ladders and over the walls of the fort, which had previously been considered impregnable, and then let the rest of the British force in through the main gate. The regiment embarked for home in October 1807.
The regiment sailed for Jersey in April 1809 and was then embarked for Portugal in August 1809 for service in the Peninsular War. It landed in Lisbon in February 1810 and arrived to take part in the defence of Fort Matagorda a few days later. It then saw action at the Battle of Sabugal in April 1811, the Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro in May 1811 and the Siege of Ciudad Rodrigo in January 1812. After that it fought at the Siege of Badajoz in March 1812, the Battle of Salamanca in July 1812 and the Siege of Burgos in September 1812 as well as the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813. It then pursued the French Army into France and fought at the Battle of Nivelle in November 1813, the Battle of the Nive in December 1813 and the Battle of Orthez in February 1814 as well as the Battle of Toulouse in April 1814. It embarked for Cork in May 1814 and was disbanded in Dublin in December 1818.
Guarding my great-great-great-grandfather and the ancestor of actor Geoffrey Rush was perhaps something of an anticlimax? Maybe that’s why in Cork Harbour “several of the guard became unruly and rebellious. A court-martial took place on board and six soldiers were sent back to shore.”
Now I recycle two fascinating documents concerning Jacob Whitfield of the Isabella — remarkable documents from Wiki Tree:
New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930 for Jacob Whitfield
The person to whom Jacob is assigned, Henry Kable, a convict himself. is very well known in our early colonial history.
Jacob’s ticket-of-leave: so my “bicentennial” was July, not August!