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Thanks Iain!

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A fascinating portrait of a black musician who served in the 3rd (Kings Own) Royal Dragoons for over 37 years,



Henry McGilchrist, a Trumpter (Kettle Drummer) of the 3rd (King's Own) Dragoons

And some history:

"Henry, a Negro, was born in Passley Pen, Portland, in Jamaica, West Indies in 1754. He was baptised, as an Adult, in Glasgow in 1773 and enlisted as a Trumpeter in 1774 at Greenwich whilst the regiment was at Black Heath Camp. Henry was enlisted in the troop of Major Fitzroy, having been recruited as a Trumpeter by Major Whyte of the 3rd Dragoons . The returns of 1776 list "one black kettledrummer"., with Henry's name beside the description. It is likely that although officially a Trumpeter for muster purposes, he was and always had been, a Kettle Drummer.

Two hundred years ago it was the fashion amongst many regiments to employ drummers from Africa and the West Indies. From reports of Generals visiting garrisons at various times, one learns that they were rattling good drummers too.The established rank of Kettle-Drummer was effectively a Sergeant according to the Musters of 1799-1806, (the only ones examined in detail as yet). The 1806 - 1809 muster shows Henry McGilchrist Trumpeter (Kettledrummer) paid £8 5s for 90 days, ( An ordinary private received £5 12/6 and a Serjeant £9 15s).

The period, 1774 - 1810, for which Henry was the Kettle-Drummer of the 3rd Dragoons was one in which the regiment appeared to see no active service abroad. They tended to move around the country quite a lot and the itinerary gleaned from the 1771-1781 description book demonstrates this :-.

The regiment was in Kettering by June 1774 and from October to March 1775 Northampton In April 1775 they were in Darlington and by May Dalkeith,in Oct 1775 the troop was at Edinburgh Castle but back at Dalkeith by Jan 1776 in March 1776 they were at Coventry and remained there March 1777 In April 1777 they were in Newbury and June Sturminster, June Dorchester where they remained until Mar 1778. In April they were in Salisbury, June Hertford, West Stow camp in August Huntington in August and Stamford December. March 1779 York July Lewes and August Brighton Sept Lewes and Chichester Dec 1779.June 1780 Brighton and Chelsea July Paddington Sept - Mar 1781.


At this period there was no established police force and the army regiments stationed at home served that purpose. They assisted in maintaining law and order and in the enforcement of customs and excise laws. They had no regimental barracks and would be billeted on the local population, when in a particular area it was common for the troops to be dispersed to nearby towns.

Henry served for 37 Years 177 days as a musician - Kettle Drummer was discharged to pension in November 1810 for "being rhumatic and worn out from length of service", aged 56 he was possibly no longer fit for active service and by the Spring of 1811 the 3rd Dragoons were with Wellington on the Peninsula.

Henry married Francis Akin in Saint Mary's, Carlisle, Cumberland, in 1791. They had three children sadly all who died at a very young age: 1) Sarah McGilchrist, b. 1794 - 1795, 2). Susannah McGilchrist, b. 1795, Birmingham, Warwickshire, d. Mar 1800, Devizes, Wiltstshire 3). Harry McGilchrist, b. 1798, d. Feb 1800, Devizes, Wiltstshire,"

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Published May 30th 1803 by J Harris. No.3 Sweetings Alley Cornhill & No.8 Bridal Street.

Which 'was' in London

Here's an interesting victorian notice of sale. It seems the ownership had changed at least once by this time.




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I also remember during the film Zulu the soldiers defending Rookes Drift were Red coated. Wasn't one of the reason the British Army stopped wearing red coats was because it made them a target.
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I also remember during the film Zulu the soldiers defending Rookes Drift were Red coated. Wasn't one of the reason the British Army stopped wearing red coats was because it made them a target.
That was more than 60 years after this time period, so please keep on topic.

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I also remember during the film Zulu the soldiers defending Rookes Drift were Red coated. Wasn't one of the reason the British Army stopped wearing red coats was because it made them a target.
No. It was marching into certain districts of the world uninvited that made them a target.
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