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present regiment the 6th foot; and the rank of General the 4th of June 1813. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief of all the King's and Company's forces in the East Indies early in the year 1811, and second in council at Calcutta ; and returned to England after a four years' absence, having been succeeded in his military capacity by General the Earl of Moira. This officer is captain or keeper of the garrison of St. Maws.
The following is a copy of a letter from this officer to Lieutenant-General Lake, relative to some of the operations against the rebels in Ireland, which, from not being publisbed at the time, should be here recorded. Sir,
:“Belfast, June 13, 1798. “ Having received intelligence on the 9th instant, that the rebels were assembling in and about Saintfield and Ballynahinch, in great force, I ordered Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart of the 33rd regiment, Assistant Quarter-Master-General, to proceed from hence to Blaris, to take the command of the Argyle Fencibles, with one battalion gun, together with what dragoons Major-General Goldie could spare from Lisburn and Hillisborough, and to proceed to Ballynahinch to dislodge any force of the rebels he should find there, take post near that place, and wait for my further orders. Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart reports that on his arrival within two miles of Ballynahinch; about four o'clock in the moroing of the 10th instant, he received information, that the rebels, about 700 strong, were in possession of the town, and had taken some yeomanry prisoners, who had been stationed there. Finding that he could not get on soon enough with the infantry and guns, he proceeded with small parties of cavalry in different directions, and entered the town; but the rebels had been informed of his approach, and Here flying in large parties towards Saintfield; about 70 of them took to the close woods in front of Lord Moira's house, and near the river. Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart ordered the dragoons to surround the wood, which they effected completely: and on the arrival of the infantry, he sent two companies of the Argyle Fencibles and some yeomanry into the wood, who killed between 40 and 50 of them, and the others were cut down by the dragoons in attempting to escape. The rebels left the
yeomanry prisoners taken by them in the town. After Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart had reconnoitred the country, and sent strong patroles towards the enemy's 'camp at Saintfield, he took a strong position near Ballynahinch. · At'two o'clock P. M. he received my orders to proceed to Downpatrick, and secure that post, and he arrived there with his detachment at seven o'clock in the evening. The Lieutenant-Colonel having made the necessary arrangements for the security of Downpatrick, waitemy further orders, which he received at half past ten o'clock A. M. of the 12th instant, to co-operate with me in an attack ou Saintfield, &c. at twelve o'clock on that day. For this pura pose I moved from Belfast at nine o'clock A. M. with the Monaghan 'militia and Fife fencibles, with 60 of the 22nd light dragoons, and a detachment of the Royal Artillery with 6 six-pounders, and 2 howitzers. On our approach to Saintfield, I found the rebels had destroyed several of the bridges, which occasioned a considerable delay : on our arrival at Saintfield, I found that the rebels had fled to a strong post on the Windmill Hill, near Ballynahinch. On my leaving Belfast, I had ordered Colouel Stapylton, with the York fencibles, 100 of the Monaghan militia, 40 of the 22nd light dragoons, and one fieldpiece, to take post at Cumber to cut off the retreat of the rebels to the Ardes if they had stood at their camp at Saintfield : and he reports that he had cut off and destroyed a great number of them when endeavouring to make their escape that way. I halted a short time at Saintfield to obtain information, and finding that all the inhabitants in and about this place had quitted their houses, and had joined the rebels, I ordered the town of Saintfield to be burnt. I then proceeded towards Ballynahinch, and finding the intelligence I had received to be true, I formed the Monaghan regiment in line fronting the Windmill Hill, to wait for Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart's detachment. The rebels were in such numbers that I was apprehensive of their turning my right flank, which they indeed attempted, and which induced me to form the Fife fencibles en potence with the Monaghari militia. Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, with his detachment, strengthened by 100 of the York fencibles, and some yeomanry infautry, from the garrison of Downpatrick, now
joined me, and received orders to form on the left of the Monaghan militia, and to drive the rebels from their post on Windmill Hill, which they accomplished with great gallautry, and the rebels fled through the town of Ballynaħinch, to the strong post in Lord Moira's domain. The artillery, under the command of Major-General Barber, now commenced a cannonade on the re bels in the town and on the hill beyond it, which continued oill it became dark. Two positions were taken on the right and on the left of our post to cover Downpatrick and Hillisborough, as well as to prevent the rebels from making their retreat by any other route, than to the mountains in their rear. At day break of the 13th, I detached Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart with the Argyle fencibles, three conspanies of yeomanry, part of the 22nd light dragoons, and yeomanrycavalry, with 1 six-pounder, and I howitzer, to take post on the rebel's right flank; which having effected, he began a cannonade on them, and drove in their out-posts, who retreated to the table of the hill. Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart now advanced within 200 yards of the main body of the rebels, when they made three different attempts with their musketry, supported by a very great number of the pikemen, to dislodge him, but were completely beat back by the steadiness and firmness of the Argyle fencibles, and the yeomanry, covered by the gun and howitzer, served with grape, which killed a great number of rebels, many of whom they carried off notwithstanding our heavy fire. To favor Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart's attack, I detached the Monaghan militia, with two field pieces, some yeomanry infantry, and a few of the 22nd dragoons through the town, to enter Lord Moira's demesne, to attack the rebels in front, at the same time I ordered a strong party of cavalry to watch their motions on the right: by these movements, together with a cannonade in front and on their right flank, the rebels began to retreat, and it soon became general, for they fled in all directions ; parties of dragoons were sent out, and killed great numbers in the retreat, whilst Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart took possession of their strong post on the hill, where he found eight guns with a great quantity of ammunition, their colours, cars, provisions, &c. A very considerable number of the rebels were found concealed in the
plantations near Lord Moira's house, who were killed there. The troops having been fired upon from the houses in the town of Ballynahinch, it was set fire to, and a considerable part of it consumed. Having halted two hours to collect the troops, I gave the necessary directions for marching to Belfast, &c. through Saintfjeld. I return my best thanks to LieutenantColonel Stewart for his able advice and assistance throughout the operations contained in this letter, as well as to the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of his corps. I also return my best thanks to Major-General Barber, Captains Lindsey and Coulson, Lieutenants Teesdale and Shearman, of the Royal Artillery, Colonel Leslie and Lieutenant-Colonel Kerr, of the Monaghan Militia, Lieutenant-Colonel Durham, of the Fife Fencibles, Major Smith, of the 22nd Light Dragoons, and to all the officers, non-commissioned officers, and privates of the corps who marched with me from Belfast. I also return my best thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel Peacocke, my Aid-de-Camp, Major of Brigade, M-Kinnon, and Captaia Owen, Assistant-Adjutant-General, for their great attention and ready assistance on every occasion,
(Signed) “ GEORGE NUGENT, Major-General. “ Lieutenant-General Lake, Commanding-in-Chief, &c. &c. &c.”
56. GENERAL JOHN BARCLAY. This officer was appointed 2d Lieutenant in the Royal Marines, the 15th of March, 1755. He served in the Mediterranean 1757-8-9, and in 1760 was present at the siege of Belleisle; he next was employed on an expedition to the coast of Africa; he was present at the first relief of Gibraltar ; on board the Augusta at the attacks of Red Bank and Mud Forts, in the Delaware, where the Augusta was burnt in 1777; the capture of the Spanish fleet, under Admiral Langara; at the taking of Admiral Le Comte de Grasse, in the West Indies. His commission as 1st Lieutenant was dated the 12th of July, 1756; as Captain, the 14th of October, 1762; as Major, by brevet, the 19th of August, 1777; and Lieutenant-Colonel the 19th of February, 1789. The 24th of December, 1791, he was appointed Major in his corps; the 1st of March, 1794, Colonel by brevet; and the 29th of October, 1794, Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Marines; 2d Colonel-Commandant, 1st February, 1798; Colonel-Commandant 21st of December, 1803; and Resident Colonel-Commandant the 24th of September, 1806. He received the brevet of Major-General the 3rd of May, 1796; of Lieutenant-General the 25tlı of September, 1809; and of General the 4th of June, 1813. General Barclay was placed on the retired list the 28th of April, 1814, after a service of fifty-nine
years and a half.
57. GENERAL SIR WILLIAM KEPPEL, G.C.B. APPOINTED Captain 23rd foot 21st of March, 1778; Lieutenant-Colonel late 93rd, 20th of February, 1789; Colonel Ist of March, 1794; Colonel 3rd West India Regiment, 20th of May, 1795; Major-General 3rd of May, 1796; Lieu-. tenaut-General, 25th of September, 1803; Colonel Commandant of the 4th battalion, 60th, 24th of April, 1806; Colonel of his present regiment, the 67th foot, 7th of February, 1811; and General the 4th of June, 1813.
This officer served in North America, and in the West Indies. He is one of the equerries to His Royal Highness the Prince Regent.
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