- Dear Larry and list:
During a break in filming the New Orleans Doc. I was telling Larry and a
few other guys about Donald McDonald, an early anglo settler in Texas who
participated in The Texas Revolution. Donald was a Captian in the British
Army during the Battle of Lundy's Lane, presumably with the Glens as he was
a Catholic Scot. They seemed to take an interest so I thought I would post
a web adress which has a short Biography;
I assume that he changed the spelling of his name from McDonell to conform
to the 'american' spelling of the surname. I have found other bio's in
books but none seem to say anything about his life or family in Canada. Can
any one on this list with rosters for the GLI or other sources help supply
more info? Let me know if the link above dosent work, I tried to type it
correctly but may have made a typo. BTW I don't think he is related to me
cause my ain folk was Presbyterians!
Member/ 93rd Sutherland Highland Regiment of Foot L.H.U.
- Scott & Nancy McDonald wrote:
> From: Scott & Nancy McDonald <raintree@...>
> Dear Larry and list:
> During a break in filming the New Orleans Doc. I was telling Larry and a
> few other guys about Donald McDonald, an early anglo settler in Texas who
> participated in The Texas Revolution. Donald was a Captian in the British
> Army during the Battle of Lundy's Lane, presumably with the Glens as he was
> a Catholic Scot. <snip>
In the book "Soldiers of the King: The Upper Canada Militia 1812-1815"
by William Gray, I found a Lieutenant Donald McDonald listed in the 2nd
flank company of the 1st Glengarry. (No other info on him.)
There is also a Donald McDonnell listed as Captain of the 1st flank
company of the 2nd Glengarry (served in the year 1812, commission dated
April 15). This could be your man if you are right about the name change
from McDonnell to McDonald and rank of Captain, however, the company was
taken over by a Capt. Alexander McMillan in 1813, which would presumably
place your man out of the picture by the time of Lundy's Lane.
Interestingly, this same company also had Pte. Donald McDonnell, Pte.
Donald MacDonnell, Pte. Donald MacDonnell No. 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 7 and
Pte. Donald McDonnell No. 8 listed on its rolls! (I hope not all from
the same family.) This out of 132 men!
FWIW I also found a Lt. Donald McDonnell (commission dated Jan. 7 1809)
in the 1st Stormont. There were no other officers named Donald McDonald
or Donald McDonnell listed in the Canadian militia in this book. I also
flipped thru the rolls of the rankers and found a Pte Donald (Brown)
McDonnell in the 1st flank co. 1st GLI, a Sgt. Donald McDonnell in the
2nd flank co. 1st GLI, and a Pte. Donald MacDonald in the 2nd flank co.
2nd GLI. I only searched the rankers' rolls of the GLI.
Sorry about the lack of any other information - this book is mostly
rolls of names. (No Batemans though. Seems to be a pretty uncommon
Pte. Andrew Bateman, 41st R.O.F.