55th Regiment deserter

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55th Regiment deserter

Postby IanT » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:27 am

From the Edinburgh Advertiser, 23rd February 1779, courtesy of Don Hagist who found this:

Deserted on Wednesday the 17th of February inst. from the additional company of the 55th regiment, quartered at Sterling Castle,

Alexander Tait, about 18 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, with a short pock pitted face, and fresh complexion, short curled hair, black eyes and flat nose; born in the parish of Maybole, and shire of Ayr; bred to no business, though supposed to have been a seaman. He had on his regimental clothes when he deserted, covered with a brown surtout coat and cocked hat, and is supposed to have taken the road either for Leith, Greenock, or the sea port adjacent.

Any person who will apprehend the said Alexander Tait, or give information to any of his Majesty’s justices of the peace, or military officers, so that he may be apprehended, shall be rewarded with Two Guineas over and above the usual allowance made by act of parliament for apprehending deserters, by applying to Lieut. Thomas Stilfox, of the 55th regiment, at Sterling Castle.

[Edinburgh Advertiser, 23 February 1779]

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Re: 55th Regiment deserter

Postby kerchi » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:44 am

Interesting article. Sounds like Alexander is being described by Bernard Cornwell as a character straight from one of his "Sharpe" books! Great books if anyone is interested in the Peninsula Wars.

I wonder if he was captured.
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