Alexander Fisher McQuarrie
Update: 7 February 2011
A soldier of The Black Watch, who, as a member of Queen Victoria's personal bodyguard, was invited
to take wine with her as an acknowledgement of his devotion to her person and his duty:
was this Alexander McQuarrie? (CMTilbury, January 2011)
Details from the Army record, held at The National Archives, Kew, UK, and now available online at findmypast.com:
- Extract from the Attestation on Discharge -
Her Majesty's 73rd Reg. Of Foot, whereof Lieut. General B. O. JONES is Colonel.
PROCEEDINGS OF A REGIMENTAL BOARD, held this day, in conformity to the Articles of War, for the purpose of verifying and recording the Services, Conduct, Character, and cause of Discharge of No. 1339, Serjeant Alex.dr Fisher McQuarrie.
THE BOARD having examined and compared the Rejgimental Records, the Soldier's Book, and such other Documents as appeared to them to be necessary, report that after making every deduction required by Her Majesty's Regulations, the Service up to this day, which he is entitled to reckon, amounts to 20 years, 356 days, as shown by the detailed Statement on the 2nd page; during which period he served abroad 15 year 8 months, viz.:
With regard to the CHARACTER and CONDUCT of No. 1339 Serj't. Alex.dr F. Mc. Quarrie, the Board have to report that upon reference to the Defaulter's Book, and by the Parole testimony that has been given, it appears that they have been good.
No. 1339 Serj.t. Alex.dr. F. Mc. Quarrie being asked to what date he has been paid, answered that his Account is balanced up to the latest period required by the Regulations; and being further asked whether he has any claim on the Regiment for Arrears of PAY, ALLOWANCES, or CLOTHING, answered, that he has received all just demands, from his entry into the Service up to the 16th Dec. 1863 and in confirmation therefore, affixes his signature hereto.
THE BOARD have ascertained that No. 1339 Serj.t. Alex.dr. F. Mc. Quarrie's Soldier's Book is correctly balanced, and signed by the Officer Commanding his Company, and they declare, that they have impartially inquired into, and faithfully reported upon, all the matters brought before them, in accordance with the Regulations and Instructions issued by Her Majesty's Orders.
Detailed Statement of the Services of No. 1339 Serjt. Alexdr. Fisher Mc.Quarrie
Transferred to Royal Monmouth Militia, rank Serjeant (442 days half only allowance per N.O.C. N° 492 of 14 June 1853): 1 October 1862 - 16 December 1863
Granted G.C. Pay @ 1d. 11 July 1847 [ie an additional 1 penny a day]
Further service from the 17 December 1863 to the 5th January 1884, when finally discharged
The Discharge of the above-named man is approved by The Field Marshal Commanding-in-Chief, Horse Guards, 5th January 1864.
No. 1339 Seg't. A. F. McQuarrie referred to in the preceding pages, by Trade a Labourer was born in the Parish of Barndreg near the Town of Glasgow in the County of Lanark and attested for the 73rd Reg. at Glasgow in the County of Lanark on the 15th January 1840 at the age of 16 years.
His final description, &c., when discharged from the Service, at Aldershot this 16th day of December 1868:
N72A5A. Inc.[reased]d to 32d [32 pence/day] for 19 years service as Serjt. on Permt. Staff of 3 Bn. R. Irish Rifles Bd. 10.4.83 [over] 28.
H.74258. A50. & D.W. to Af. 7.6.83.