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DORAN / DORNAN – James 26th Regiment

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26th Cameronian Regiment
China Medal 1842
Wife dies Port Gregory – Lynton Convict Buildings Port Gregory


NameDORAN / DORNAN – James
Regiment (s)26th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 824
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
28th November 1827 / 17 years / Edinburgh Scotland
Description – Height
6 Ft 1½ in
Fair / Blue / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 12 years 4 months
China – 2 years 7 months
Length of Service21 years 1 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 9 October 1849 / Cork Ireland
Campaign MedalsChina War Medal 1840-1842
Intended Residence at
Kirkgate Alloa Stirlingshire Scotland
Pension Districts1849 Stirling
1854-1891 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/1d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th May 1854 Plymouth England via Gibraltar
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RAMILLIES 7th August 1854
Date/Place of Birthc1810 St Cuthbert’s Edinburgh Scotland
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
PRENTICE Frances Maxton or Moreton
c1818 Edinburgh Scotland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeWilliam B c1848 Dublin, Ireland
M DALTON Mary Elizabeth 1870 Geraldton WA (Doran)
D November 1919 East Perth Western Australia
James B c1851 Alloa Scotland
M LINTOTT Emma Jemima Gwalia 1879
D 14 February 1900 Nannine Western Australia
Jane B Scotland 1853
M GILMORE John 1878 Greenough WA
D February 1919 Geraldton WA
Bur Geraldton (Apex Park) Cemetery
Frances Maxton B 1855 Port Gregory Western Australia
M CRIDDLE Henry 1877 Greenough WA
D 1 May 1934 Geraldton WA
Bur Port Gregory Western Australia
Samuel B 14th November 1857 Port Gregory Western Australia
D 15th November 1857 Port Gregory Western Australia
Bur Lynton Station Cemetery
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Greenough Lots 1 & 2 each of 14 acres
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe W.A. Record Thursday 17 September 1891 page 8 James Doran
The W.A. Record Thursday 8 October 1891 page 8 Death James Dornan
Geraldton Advertiser Friday 23 March 1900 page 3 Death of son James
Daily News Saturday 10 November 1917 page 8 Obituary William Dornan
Geraldton Guardian Saturday 22 February 1919 page 2 Obituary Jane Gilmore
Geraldton Guardian Thursday 3rd May 1934 page 2 Death Frances Criddle
Departure from Western
Not Applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial1st October 1891 Greenough, Western Australia
Bur Greenough Cemetery WA 3 October 1891
Date/Place of Death/Burial
28th December 1857 Port Gregory Western Australia
Buried Lynton Station Cemetery W.A
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index
1841 location Hong Kong and Canton
Discharge: Due to chronic rheumatism and impaired bodily activity.
At Chusan on 21st July 1840 James Doran was charged for the fifth time for drunkenness within a 12 month period and sentenced to 30 lashes. Throughout his army career James Doran was repeatedly charged with drunkenness
In the 1851 census James Dornan and his wife Fanny are living at Kirkgate, Alloa county Clackmannanshire with their sons William born 1848 and James born 1851
Daughter Jane aged 1 years 3 months contracted measles during the voyage to Western Australia, while William aged 5 years was treated for ophthalmia.
James was one of the pensioners to suffer hardship at Lynton (Port Gregory) not only due to the siting of the settlement next to a salt water lagoon but also by the attitude of Captain Sanford that led James to complain bitterly that Captain Sanford’s horses strayed over the countryside and “The whole of my wheat and in fact of all the others… have shared the same fate. There is scarce a blade to be seen, although six weeks ago it looked promising.”
His wife Fanny died six weeks after the birth and death of her son Samuel, she was buried on 28th December 1857 at Lynton Cemetery prior to the departure of the pensioners for Champion Bay (Geraldton) on Les Trois Amis.
Eventually it was decided to remove the pensioners to Greenough where they received free land grants.