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McDONALD – James 72nd 26th and 30th Regiment

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72nd Regiment Colours
26th Cameronian Regiment
30th Regiment Cambridgshire Crest
NameMcDONALD – James
Regiment (s)72nd 26th and 30th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 489 – 30th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th December 1827 / 18 years / Place unknown
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½  in
Dark / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationBermuda – 7 years 3 months
North America – 2 years 1 month
Length of Service20 years 211 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 12th December 1848 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Edinburgh Scotland
Pension Districts1849 1st Edinburgh
1853-1856 West Australia
1856-1869 Adelaide
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
June 2 1853 Kingstown, Dublin, Ireland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PHOEBE DUNBAR 30th August 1853
Date/Place of Birthc1809 West Church Edinburgh Midlothian 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
UNKNOWN Elizabeth
B c1813 Haddington, Haddingtonshire (East Lothian) Scotland
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeElizabeth (adopted as a foundling – parent’s surname possibly Daniel)
B c February 1851 Royal Edinburgh Maternity Hospital Scotland
D Not yet known
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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Perth 15th October 1856 – page 3
Departure from Western
12th October 1856 left Western Australia with wife and child for South Australia per “Frances”
Date/Place of Death/Burial10th April 1869 Adelaide South Australia
11th April 1869 West  Terrace Cemetery Adelaide South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index:
1841 James McDonald 499(sic) 30th Foot location Bermuda.
Discharge: Due to a large scrotal hernia
In the 1851 Census the family is living at 90 Canongate Edinburgh. James is age 42 and working as a porter, born Cuthbert Midlothian while his wife Elizabeth is aged 36 and was born Haddington, East Lothian. Their daughter Eliza born 1851 at Canongate Edinburgh.
July 6th 1853 Elizabeth McDonald guards child age 2 years 6 months was treated for diarrhoea on board the Phoebe Dunbar
6th October 1875 Elizabeth McDonald was admitted to the (Royal) Adelaide Hospital age 54, a married woman, Presbyterian, and living at Clare SA. A housewife born Haddington and had been 12 years in the Colony arriving on the Phoebe Dunbar. (She had actually been 19 years in the Colony. It throws up a few questions about the death of James in 1869 in that she said she was married not widowed.)