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DONEGAN / DOONACAN / DRONOCAN – John 21st Regiment


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21st Regiment
Regiment (s)21st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 297
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
31st December 1823 / 18 years / Mullingar Westmeath Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 10 In
Dark / Hazel / Dark / None
Overseas Service/DurationWest Indies – 2 years 20 days
Van Diemen’s Land – 5 years
East Indies – 6 years 157 days
Length of Service22 years 213 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th July 1846 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Gallashiels Roxburghshire Scotland
Pension Districts1848 2nd Edinburgh
1848 1st Edinburgh
1855 – 1859 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
16th April 1855 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
ADELAIDE 18th July 1855
Date/Place of Birthc1805 Castle Connor Sligo Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
WATSON Margaret
B c1807
Date/Place of Marriage15th April 1831 Melrose, Roxburgh Scotland ( Doningan)
Children by 1st WifeJane B 1831 Scotland
M 1st October 1845 COOPER John Kamptee Madras India (Dunnigan)
John B 31st August 1833 Hobart Town, Tasmania
Bp 2nd December 1833
William B c1836 (21st regiment was in Tasmania in 1836)
M 12th April 1876 STEVENS Jane Newcastle Western Australia
D 21st March 1880 Western Australia
James B 15th March 1841 (Regt stationed at Kamptee, Madras)
M 15th May 1865 COCKMAN Ellen Perth Western Australia
D 27th July 1915 Northam Western Australia
Agnes bap 21st May 1843 Kamptee Madras India
M 1866 MONGER John Henry York Western Australia
D 4th April 1920 Claremont Western Australia
Wesleyan Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
George B 27th March 1849 N Leith Edinburgh Scotland (Dunnigan)
M BELL Rosetta 2nd March 1873
D 11th September 1919 Perth Western Australia
Thomas B 15th February 1851 North Leith Midlothian Scotland (Dunagan)
M 24th March 1872 HERBERT Charlotte Toodyay Western Australia
D 26th July 1891 Western Australia
Land Grants Western
Not yet known
Occupation after
Orderly to Governor Kennedy
Newspaper ArticlesWestern Mail Saturday 1st August 1891 page 34 death of Thomas
Inquirer & Commercial News Saturday 5th November 1892 page 7 Death of Margaret
Toodyay Herald (WA: 1912-1954) Saturday 3rd July 1915 page 3 Death of James
The West Australian Wednesday 14th April 1920 page 1 Death of Agnes
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial23rd April 1859 Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
3rd November 1892 Toodyay Western Australia
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationJohn’s surname was recorded by the military as Doonacan in his WO 97 record, the WO22 & 23’s records have Dronacan, Scotland favour Dunagan with a few variations and in Western Australia Donegan became the accepted spelling.
In Margaret Donegan’s obituary it was stated that she had eleven children only seven of the names have been found. It also said her daughter Jane age was living in England.
This family have not been found in the 1851 census despite the address being 15 Couper Street, North Leith Midlothian Scotland at the birth of son Thomas on 15th February 1851.
Daughter Jane and John Cooper are in the 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 census living at St. James Colchester Essex but do not appear in the 1911 census and do not appear to have died in Colchester.