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McINTOSH – William Royal Artillery 8th Battalion

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Royal Artillery Badge
Only Pensioner to come to W.A. twice on Convict Ships as a member of the Force – the Mermaid (pictured) and Clara 1864
NameMcINTOSH – William
Regiment (s) Royal Artillery 8th Battalion
Regiment Number (s) 612 and 775
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
22nd September 1828 / 20 years / Leith Edinburgh Scotland
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Fair / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 10 years 9 months
Length of Service22 years 9 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant  /  9th July 1850 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1850 Woolwich
1851-1862 Western Australia
1862 1st East London
1862 Edinburgh
1863 Inverness
1864 1st East London
1864 Tilbury
1866-1865 Western Australia
1866 1st East London
1866 Edinburgh
1869 Victoria
1870 Edinburgh
Pension Paid1/9½d  per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
1st February 1851 Falmouth England
London England Date not known
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
MERMAID 15th May 1851
CLARA 13th April 1864
Date/Place of Birth1808 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
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriagec1837 Mauritius
Children by 1st WifeMargaret   B 1831 Woolwich  England  (GRO Regimental Birth Indices – this is 6 years before the marriage – probably  not William’s daughter.)
John B 1838 Port Louis  Mauritius
Ann B 1843 Not yet known
M 1st  SILLIFANT Henry  19th February 1863  Fremantle Western Australia
M 2nd  SUTHERLAND  Robert Morgan  17th October 1870 Western Australia
D  6th March 1897  Perth  Western Australia
bur Church of England Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
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
Not applicable
Occupation after
Assistant Warder Convict Establishment 21st May 1851 – Invalided 7th February 1859.Retired due to ill health with a gratuity of £52/17/5
(Lengthy details in Warders and Gaolers)
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Observer  25th November 1854 page 6 – passengers on brig “Anna Dixon” from Perth
Inquirer and Commercial News 24th January 1866 – page 2 – William to London on “Fitzroy”
Perth Gazette and Commercial News 23rd May 1869 – page 2 – Arrivals “Sea Ripple” Melbourne  W. MacINTOSH
Inquirer Wednesday 19th January 1870  – page 2 – W MacKINTOSH to London on “Zephyr”
Mercury and Weekly Courier  Victoria  Saturday 14th December 1878 – page 2 –  Inquest Mary McINTOSH
Departure from Western
William McINTOSH first voyage to Western Australia was in 1851 on the “Mermaid” as a convict guard.
He returned to England in 1862 and returned to Western Australia on the Convict ship “Clara” 1864.
He returned to England 1866. On arriving from Fremantle WA he applied to be admitted as an in-pension at Chelsea Hospital but did not appear before the board.
He returned to Melbourne Victoria in 1868/9 and visited Western Australia returning to England in 1870.
His wife Mary appears to have remained in Melbourne (although it is not clear when she moved there) and did not follow his wanderings.
Date/Place of Death/Burial21st May 1871 Edinburgh Scotland
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William McIntosh Gunner and driver 8th Brigade RA 6th company location Mauritius (There was a 2nd entry which said he was a corporal)
Discharge was due to chronic rheumatism
William McIntosh was the Sergeant Major aboard the Mermaid.
His family were listed by the Surgeon Superintendent as follows:
Wife Mary McIntosh
Children Margaret age 18 years
John 12 years
Mary 8 years (we believe this was Ann)
1871 Census – William (63) at 64 Nicolson Square Midlothian Scotland.
This currently is the only ‘man’ who is known to have travelled to Western Australia on two convict ships as an Enrolled Pensioner.