McDONALD – Finlay 42nd Regiment

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42nd Regiment Royal Highland Cap Badge

NameMcDONALD – Finlay
Regiment (s)42nd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 989
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
24th March 1837 / 21 years / Edinburgh Scotland
Weaver.
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 9 in
Fair / Blue /  Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationMediterranean – 6 years  2 months
Bermuda – 4 years 3 months
Length of Service14 years 288 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 13th January 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Edinburgh Scotland
Pension Districts1852 1st Edinburgh
1853 – 1855 Western Australia
1855 Adelaide
1856 – 1859 Melbourne
Pension Paid6d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
2nd February 1853 Portsmouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PYRENEES 30th April 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1816 Dalkeith Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Did not marry
Date/Place of MarriageNot applicable
Children by 1st WifeNot applicable
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Night warder Convict Establishment 12th October 1853-2nd November 1853
Newspaper ArticlesAge (Melbourne) Thursday 6th January 1859 page 4 Death of Findlay(sic) McDonald
Departure from Western
Australia
Not known
Date/Place of Death/Burial2nd January 1859 drowned Jackson’s Creek Sunbury Victoria
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
Not applicable
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationFinlay McDonald served in the 42nd regiment from 24th March 1837 – 13th January 1852. There is a note on page 2 of the WO97 to the effect he served with the 74th Regiment from 26th March 1825 – 4th June 1833 and a parchment certificate is filed with the WO 97 to this effect, however, as he was born 1816 he would have been only 9 years of age.
British Army Worldwide index
1841 Finlay McDonald 989 Private 42nd Foot location Corfu
1851 Finlay McDonald 989 Private 42nd foot location Bermuda
Discharge due to scrofula, constitution enfeebled and broken down the result of treatment for ophthalmia.