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FAIRGRIEVE – Richard 71st Regiment

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71st Regiment Highland Light Infantry Colours
Indian Mutiny Medal with Central India Clasp
Crimean War Medal
Turkish Crimea Medal
NameFAIRGRIEVE – Richard
Regiment (s)71st Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1472
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th May 1840 / 20 years / Glasgow Lanarkshire Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¾ in
Dark / Black / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCanada – 2 years 5 months
West Indies – 3 years 2 months
Corfu – 1 year 9 months
Crimea – 1 year 4 months
Malta – 1 year 7 months
East Indies – 1 year 4 months
Length of Service21 years 21 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 8th July 1862 / Inquiry Stirling Castle 24th June 1862
Stated as a bugler on some records
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal with Central India clasp
Crimean Medal
Crimean Turkish
Intended Residence at
Glasgow Scotland
Pension Districts1862 2nd Glasgow
1864 Tilbury
1864 Western Australia
1865 Madras
1866 Hull
1867 2nd Glasgow
1874 2nd Glasgow
Pension Paid10d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th January 1864 Portland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 1864 13th April 1864
Date/Place of Birth21st May 1824 Canongate Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
FAIRGRIEVE Richard (Lieutenant in Royal Navy)
Date/Place of Birth
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
c1826 Paisley Renfrewshire Scotland
Date/Place of Marriage22nd November 1847 United Presbyterian Church Glasgow Scotland
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth Cecilia B c1845 birthplace not known
31 August 1921 Bombay Presidency, India
M 1 BROADLEY James EPG 1864 Fremantle WA buried 10th November St. Thomas Sewree Bombay India
M 2 de LITKI Luigi Guiseppi 8th December 1870 Bombay India
M 3 MURRAY John Jeremiah 2 September 1878 Bellary Madras India buried 28 December 1884 Bengal, India
D 31 August 1921 Bombay Presidency, India (Elizabeth Cecilia Murray)
Bur Sewree Church of Scotland Cemetery Bombay India
Joseph B c 1854 Corfu Ionian Islands see British Forces births for year of birth also subsequent Census entries.
M McLEOD Christina 1881 Bridgeton Lanarkshire
Marion Jane B c1858 Bridgeton Glasgow Scotland
Emily Ford B 1861 Stirling Scotland
Mary B 1861 Stirling Scotland
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
JOHNSTON Joseph (Musician)
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Date/Place of Marriage12 October 1877 Bridgeton Glasgow Scotland
Children by 2nd WifeNone yet Known
Father of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
JOHNSON Thomas (Tailor)
Mother of 2nd wife
Date/Place of Birth
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Assistant Warder 30th August 1864-1 May 1865
1864 applied for employment in Colonial Service
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
1865 to Madras
1866 to Hull England
Date/Place of Death/Burial26 January 1890 at Paisley Infirmary, Scotland
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
D 7 July 1877 Bridgeton Glasgow Scotland
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 Richard Fairgreive (sic) 71st regiment 28/06/1841 Joined from Depot location St. John’s Canada
1851 Richard Fairgrieve 1472 Private 71st regiment location Dublin
1861 As above location Stirling Castle
Discharge: At own request free to pension having served upwards of 21 years
1861 Census Richard Fairgrove, age 40 a soldier in the 71st regiment and his wife Marian age 35, a laundress born Paisley were living St. John’s Street Stirling with their son Joseph who was born 1861 no place of birth –(the age is incorrect should be age 6 born 1854)
Daughter Elizabeth age 15 is a domestic servant in the home of Mary Scott at Dollar Clackmannanshire, it states she was born Corfu Greece 1846, however the 71st regiment was stationed in Antigua from December 1844 to January 1847.
The Fairgrieve family was the cause of some disruption during the voyage of the Clara: Richard had his grog stopped for 2 days for fighting with Martin Conley and also with his wife; he was placed on bread and water for 24 hours for ‘making an impartial remark while on watch.’ The surgeon superintendent found his wife quarrelsome refusing to go below when the decks were being cleaned and their daughter went into the sailors’ barracks.
1871 Richard, Marion and son Joseph (Fargrave) are living at Oswald Street Calton, Bridgeton Glasgow. Richard is working as a painter.
Thanks to David Ingham for Fairgrieve family research