Black Watch (42nd Regiment)
Veterans to New Brunswick in 1783

by Roy Leverett Hales

(who donated it to The Chignect Project 03/08/98 at 06:50 PM / old call #cwa-NB18-4)
Used by the New Brunswick GenWeb Project with permission of The Chignecto Project.
All of the Blackwatch vets who stayed in Canada were disbanded in Halifax in 1783. I have traced only three to date - Duncan Robertson, Donald Robertson and John Menzies - but all of these were disbanded at Halifax on 24 October 1783. We can't be certain at this point that the whole bunch were disbanded that day, but they were undoubtedly disbanded close to then. The bulk of the regiment, however, sailed on to Newfoundland, and then back to Scotland, probably by 1789.
What follows in a list of these disbanded 42nd vets who went to New Brunswick.
Esther Clark Wright lists many of the veterans from the 42nd who settled on the Nashwaak in her LOYALISTS OF NEW BRUNSWICK. During my 1997 trip to Tabusintac, John Robertson told me that most of the Nashwaak records burned in a fire. However a great number of the 42nd vets are recorded as receiving lots.
Several 42nd vets, associated with Duncan - John Menzies (25, below); Donald Murdoch (28, below); Jon McLeod (70, below) - are not in Wright's text. I suspect that they left Nashwaak within a year, and never petitioned the government for their lands. To get a fuller picture of the regiments vets in NB I have compiled a muster.
The muster shows 107 veterans from the 42nd in NB (108 if #95 Robert Stewart is correct). At this point I believe that: at least 80 of these settled on the Nashwaak river for a time I'm betting that at least 27 veterans made their way to the Miramichi, though many probably left there too.
To give you a breakdown:
(a) 22 are known to have settled in the Miramichi
(b) 3 more are thought to have done so,
(c) we do not yet know where Donald Murdoch and John McLeod were after they left Nashwaak, I suspect the Miramichi
(d) a number of veterans from Nashwaak "disappear". (I stopped at Marysville -- where Duncan is said to have had his claim -- in 1997 and tried to find out something about the "loyalists" who settled there. They are mostly forgotten, the local histories I saw start with "Boss" Gibson who arrived in 1862. I could have found better histories in the University, but I think it is obvious that the Nashwaak settlement didn't have a lasting effect on the area -- 6 went on to the Tabusintac river
(e) of the 27 vets who didn't settle at Nashwaak: 3 went to St John, 2 went to Sussex, 2 went to York county, 2 went to Kent , the greatest number are given lot numbers whose location I know nothing about.
Number LastName FirstName Source
1
Abernathy William (w) Nashwaak, then York co.
2
Bain Alexander (w) Nashwaak
3
Bruce David (w) P 244 @ Nashwaak, then Miramichi, (m) Nashwaak, Tabusintac after 1798, (l) # 29, South Tabusintac river
4
Bruce John (w) Nashwaak, then Fredericton
5
Buchanan William (w) Nashwaak, then Fredericton
6
Cameron James (w) p 247 Nashwaak
7
Cameron John (w) Nashwaak, then possibly Miramichi
8
Campbell Hugh (w) c 444 Dip. Har.
9
Daniel William (w) Nashwaak, then possibly Miramichi
10
Dewar (Duer?) John (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
11
Dure Patrick (w) Cn?
12
Finlayson John (w) Nashwaak?
13
Forbes James (w) c 44
14
Fraser John (w) p 257 Nashwaak
15
Fraser Cpl Thomas (w) Nashwaak
16
Gardner John (w) ?
17
Gray John (w) Nashwaak, then Carl (?)
18
Gunn Alexander (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
19
Gunn James (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
20
Kennedy John (w) Nashwaak
21
Leslie George (w) Nashwaak
22
Masterton John (w) Nashwaak, absent
23
Mathewson Sgt Alex (w) Nashwaak?
24
Matheson George (w) St John
25
Menzies John (d) from Lt Col Charles Graham's co. Oct 24 1783, at Halifax (p) September 5, 1787 for lot 6 South Miramichi
26
Munn Cpl Donald (w) Nashwaak
27
Munro William (w) c 449
28
Murdock Donald (m) Nashwaak, Tabusintac in 1798
29
McBean Angus (w) c 454 Nashwaak
30
McCaulay William (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
31
McCraw Duncan (w) p 201 Nashwaak, then Miramichi , (l) # 7 South Miramichi river, (m) Nashwaak, Tabusintac after 1798, (l) #53 North Tabusintac river
32
McCraw Farquhar (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
33
McCraw Neil (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
34
McCulloch Richard (w) St John
35
McDonald Alex Sr (w) p 245, then Miramichi
36
McDonald Alex Jr (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
37
McDonald Donald  (w) c 451, then Sussex
38
McDonald Francis (w) where?
39
McDonald James (w) Nashwaak
40
McDonald John (w) Nashwaak
41
McDougall Donald/Daniel (w) p 243 Nashwaak, then Miramichi
42
McFarlane George (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
43
McFarlane Sgt John (w) c 455
44
McGilvray John (w) Nashwaak
45
McGregor Donald (w) Nashwaak
46
McGregor John (w) Nashwaak
47
McGregor Malcom (w) Nashwaak
48
McIntosh Malcom (w) c 450
49
McIntosh Sgt William (w) York county
50
McIntyre Cpl Angus (w) p 842
51
McIver Alexander  (w) Nashwaak
52
McKay Angus (w) Kent
53
McKay Donald (w) p255 Nashwaak
54
McKay Duncan (w) p 178
55
McKay Francis (w) p 261
56
McKay George Sr (w) Nashwaak
57
McKay George Jr (w) Nashwaak
58
McKay Henry (w) p258 Nashwaak
59
McKay Robert Sr (w) p254
60
McKay Robert Jr (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
61
McKay William (w) 260 Nashwaak
62
McKenzie Alexander (w) Nashwaak
63
McKenzie Cpl Donald (w) p 248 Nashwaak
64
McKenzie Robert (w) Nashwaak
65
McLaggan Cpl Peter (w) c 448 Nashwaak
66
McLean Cpl Donald (w) c 442, 3? Sussex
67
McLennon William (w) St John
68
McLeod Cpl Donald (w) p 256 Nashwaak
69
McLeod Duncan (w) p 240 Nashwaak, then Miramichi
70
McLeod John (m) Nashwaak, then Tabusintac , (l) 35, 39, 47 or 50 North Tabusintac?
71
McLeod Malcom (w) Nashwaak F'ton
72
McLeod Murdoch (w) Nashwaak
73
McLeod Roderick Jr (w) Nashwaak
74
McMillan Miles (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
75
McNabb Sgt James (w) p 250
76
McPhadden Donald (w) Nashwaak
77
McPherson John (w) Char (Charlotte County?)
78
McPherson Wiliam (w) p 259, York county
79
McSwain Murdoch (w) Nashwaak, possibly Miramichi
80
Peebles George (w) p 253
81
Peebles John (w) p 246 Ham river.
82
Robertson Donald/Daniel (d) Lt Col Charles Graham's co at Halifax Oct 24 1783 (w) p 263 Nashwaak
83
Robertson Duncan  (d) left Maj Walter Home's co at Halifax, Oct 24 1783 (m) Louise Manny cites him as one of the 42nd vets who - being disatisfied with their lots at Nashwaak, later settled at Tabusintac.
84
Robertson John (w) Nashwaak
85
Rose Donald (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
86
Ross Andrew (w) Nashwaak
87
Ross Donald (w) p 240 Nashwaak
88
Ross James Sr (w) p 25 Nashwaak
89
Ross James Jr (w) Nashwaak
90
Ross Cpl John (w) Ken (does this mean Kent?)
91
Sproule Sgt Andrew (w) p 252
92
Stewart Duncan (w) Nashwaak
93
Stewart John (w) Nashwak
94
Stewart Sgt Peter (w) Nashwaak
95
Stewart Robert (w) Wright is uncertain if he was from the 42nd
96
Sutherland George (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
97
Sutherland High (w) Nashwaak
98
Sutherland John (w) p 265 Nashwaak
99
Sutherland John (w) p 262 Nashwaak
100
Sutherland John (w) Nashwaak
101
Sutherland Robert (w) Nashwaak
102
Sutherland William (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi
103
Thompsan Sgt John (w) Nashwaak
104
Trebblecock Thomas (w) St John co
105
Urquhart Donald (w) Nashwaak
106
Wier John (w) p 264 Nashwaak
107
Wilson Adam (w) Nashwaak
108
Yeldon Sgt Alexander (w) Nashwaak, then Miramichi

Updated:Saturday, 07-Dec-2002 11:48:09 MST