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QUINN / QUIN – Alexander 80th 78th 31st and 95th Regiment

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80th Regiment of Foot Staffordshire
78th Regiment Highlanders Colours
31st Regiment Huntingdonshire Colours
95th Regiment Derbyshire Uniform
Sutlej reverse Moodkee clasp Ferozeshuhu


India General Service Medal (Persia Clasp)
China Medal 1842
Indian General Service Medal w Pegu Clasp
Indian Mutiny Medal with Relief of Lucknow and Lucknow clasps
Land Grant 1
Land Grant 2
Land Grant 3
Land Grant 4

You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Alexander Quinn


NameQUINN / QUIN – Alexander
Regiment (s)80th 78th 31st and 95th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1786 / 3281 / 450 / 858
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
20th April 1841 / 18 years / Armagh Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9½ in
Fair / Blue / Fair / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 2 years 3 months
East Indies – 18 years 8 months
China – 1 year 11 months
Length of Service23 years 237 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 19th July 1864 / Netley Hampshire England
Campaign MedalsSutlej Medal with clasp for Forezeshuh
Burmah Medal with clasp for Pegu
Indian Mutiny Medal with 2 clasps for Defence of Lucknow and Relief of Lucknow
Persia Campaign Medal with clasp
China medal with clasp
Intended Residence at
Armagh Ireland
Pension Districts1864 Armagh
1865-1894 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/1d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th September 1865 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
VIMIERA 22nd December 1865
Date/Place of Birth1823 Armagh Ireland (WO97)
1st January 1827 Armagh (British Civil Service)
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
MCNULTY Maria (possible surname)
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeMary Anne B 2nd April 1845 Bp 4 June 1845 Agra India
Catherine B 1850
D 24the January 1855 bur St. Patrick’s RC Chapel Poona India
Alice Maria B 21st March 1855 Baptised 8th April 1855 Poona Catholic Chapel Bombay India
M GLASKIN John Joseph 1876 Fremantle Western Australia
D 24th November 1890 Western Australia
Bur East Perth Cemetery WA
Catherine Maria Aloysia B 4th September 1857 BP 16the September 1857 St. Patricks Poona Bombay India
D 22 June 1858 age 9 months Bur St. Patrick’s Poona 22 June 1858
Maria B abt March 1859 Bp 14th April 1859 St. Patrick’s Poona Bombay India
2nd Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
GALLAGHER Mary (widow)
B c 1834 Agra India
Her previous husband was a John Gallagher
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by  2nd WifeRobert Alexander B 7th January 1866 Fremantle WA
M PEAD Caroline May Greenough Western Australia
D 1912 Murchison Western Australia
3rd WifeCADDEN Anne nee McQuatt
B 1834 Perth Scotland
Her previous husband was EPG John Cadden m 1851 Glasgow
Date/Place of Marriage1890 Fremantle Western Australia
Children by  3rd WifeNone
Land Grants Western
1868 granted Greenough locations G50 G51 G52 and G53 all of 20 acres
Occupation after
1866 Assistant Warder Gingin, Champion Bay, Greenough
1875 Warder with Convict Establishment at Fremantle see Barker pages 174/5
Newspaper ArticlesDaily News Saturday November 1886 page 3 Death and Funeral Notice Mary Quinn
The Daily News Monday 8th September 1890 – page 3 Charged with desertion
Western Mail Saturday 26th September 1891 – page 25 Alexander Quinn charged with perjury in the case of Hyman Weisse v Alexander Quinn
The Daily News Saturday 28th April 1894 – page 3 Obituary
Daily news Friday 18th May 1894 page 3 estate of Alexander Quinn
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial26th April 1894 Fremantle Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
1st Wife
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
2nd Wife
25th November 1886 Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
3rd Wife
Annie ROSS nee McQuatt formerly Cadden and Quinn died 14th January 1921
Bur Fremantle Cemetery (Anglican)
Will or ProbateSROWA Cons 3403 1894/024
Will dated April 1894
Alexander Quinn appointed Charles Hall, pensioner and James Bovell, warder as the executors of his will.
He bequeathed all his medals, watch and clothing and bedding to his son Robert Alexander Quinn absolutely. His new clock to Charles Board of Fremantle, his new looking glass and stand, all his crockery and household furniture to the said Charles Board. He bequeathed all his money in the bank at the time of his death to his son Robert Alexander Quinn.
He then directed that his house and land be sold by his executors as soon as convenient after his demise and after the payment of his just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses he directed ten ponds to be paid to Charles Board and the balance to his son Robert Alexander Quinn.
Value of the estate was not expected to exceed fifty pounds.
Further InformationAlexander Quinn 3281 Corporal 78th Foot Indian Mutiny medal clasp Defence of Lucknow Volunteered to 31st Foot 1 February 1859
British Army Worldwide Index
1841 Alexander Quinn recruit 80th Foot enlisted 18th April 1841 location Chatham
1851 Alexander Quinn 1786 Sergeant 80th Foot location Dinapore
1861 Alexander Quinn 450 Private 31st Foot location China
Wounded severely in the left hand at Forozeshah 22nd December 1845
Wounded slightly in the head at Donabue Burmah 19th March 1853
Slight leg wound at Bithon Nana Sahib Palace 16th August 1857
Granted an additional year’s service towards… Pension and medal and gratuity for the Relief of Lucknow 2nd June 1862
Surgeons Journal entry aboard the Vimeira:
15th November 1865 “Whilst Corporal Quin was cleaning a revolver one chamber exploded the bullet passing through both legs of warder Meagher’s trowsers (sic) penetrating the jacket of Guard McMullen – was diverted by the catch underneath plate and entered about 1 inch above the …and finally lodged close to that part of the liver where the great bowel enters- cut down and extracted the ball.”
Alexander Quinn married three times firstly to an unknown Mary who was in India with him and died sometime before 1866 as he married Maria Gallagher around that time. His third wife was Ann Cadden whom he separated from shortly after the marriage in 1890.It is possible that Alexander Quinn married Mary McNulty at St. Mary’s NSW in 1843, the regiment went to India in 1844 and she was the mother of quite a lot of children (no surname given) and died before coming to Australia. He then married Maria Gallagher and had the one child Robert Alexander. If she was born in Agra in 1834 she was not the mother of children born in 1843 so that made her the second wife. Broomhall said she was the daughter of Patrick Gallagher 80th – have not found reference to that in Cons 144. That means her 1st husband was NOT John Gallagher it was her maiden name. It is a bit messy.Wife I was Maria possibly McNulty at least 5 children
Wife 2 was Mary Gallagher 1 child
Anne Cadden was wife number 3 and thankfully no children but three Cadden kids. She was the only one to definitely have a previous husband. She is not mentioned in the Will
The Vimeira arrived December 1865 and Robert Alexander was born January 1866 which poses a question of where they married