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"ABERDEEN JOURNAL"

NOTES AND QUERIES

Vol. VIII.

1915

"ABERDEEN DAILY JOURNAL" OFFICE

1915

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY G. F. PARKMAN FUND

May 7, 1929

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NOTES AND

VOL. VIII.

QUERIES.

(Reprinted from the "Aberdeen Weekly Journal.")

1915.

No. 349.-January 1, 1915.

How Bon-Accord Faced Bonaparte.

THE LOYAL ABERDEEN VOLUNTEERS, OR

FINLASON'S FENCIBLES.

The regiment of Volunteers raised by William Finlason in 1803 was the most successful of all the corps raised in Aberdeen to carry on the war against Napoleon. This was due to several causes. In the first place, Finlason was an experienced old soldier. He had begun soldiering in 1759 as an ensign of the Duke of Gordon's first recruiting effort, the 89th Regiment, and he had served in different capacities ever since, taking a prominent part in recruiting for the Gordon Highlanders. I have already sketched his little-known career in these columns (Aug. 7 1914), where I asserted that Finlason was che of the best Volunteer officers Aberdeen ever saw. In the second place, he had one officer from the Regulars or the Fencibles in every company but one, and this gave a professional tone to the regiment. Last of all, his ranks were recruited by working men, who, then as now, were far keener on soldiering than the middle classes who filled the ranks of the Royal Aberdeen Volunteers. The regiment (which is described in Mr Sinclair's "History of the Aberdeen Volunteers," pp. 98-103) was composed of ten companies. The first pay-roll at the Public Record Office is for the period June 25 till September 24, 1803, and contains the following names (W.O. 13, 4162):

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Adams, John
Anderson, Peter
Benzie, William
Brown, Alexander
Bruce, George
Burnet, James
Clark, Alexander
Coutts, David
Cromar, Alexander
Dickson, Adam
Douglas, David
Duff, Alexander
Duncan, Francis
Duthie, James
Emslie, Thomas
Emslie, William
Farquhar, James
Findlay, Robert
Fleming, William
Ford, John
Forres, John
Frost, Peter
George, William
Gill, Alexander
Gillan, William
Glass, James
Good, Thomas
Gordon, John
Graham, William
Guthrie, Alexander
Harvey, Robert
Henderson, John
Henry, Alexander
Imlay, James
Inglis, John
Jollie, James
Keith, John
Kemp, David

Knowles, William
Largue, William
Ledingham, James
Legg. William

Privates (83).

Leslie, William
Mackie, James
Mackie, William

Mackenzie, Andrew
Mackenzie, James
Mearns, William
Milne, John
Mitchell, James
Mutch, William
Ogston, Alexander
Philips, Charles
Pithie, David
Reid, John (1)
Reid, John (2)
Reid, Walter
Riach, John
Robbie, Donald
Robertson, Alexander
Ross, Andrew
Sangster, Alexander
Sivewright, James
Smith, Alexander
Smith, Peter
Smith, Robert (1)
Smith, Robert (2)
Smith, William (1)
Smith, William (2)
Smith, William (3)
Strachan, Alexander
Stronach, William
Summerval, David
Tilleray. Robert
Tough, Francis
Tough, John
Trail, James
Walker, John
Wallace, Robert
Watt, William
Wilson, Henry
Wilson, William
Witcombe, William

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