Soldiers From the 82nd
Regiment Granted Land in Pictou County

 
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The 82nd Hamilton Regiment

The 82nd Regiment, also known as the Hamilton Regiment, was assembled in 1778 in Scotland. As the thirteen American colonies had decided on independence from Great Britain, the 8th Duke of Hamilton was appointed to form a regiment to reinforce its troops in North America.
Potential recruits from the Lanarkshire district were plied with guineas and port to join the regiment. In addition, a detachment of soldiers enlisted for service in the 42nd and 71st regiments, the Black Watch and the Fraser Highlanders, were ordered into the 82nd. They refused and were convicted of mutiny. King George III pardoned them, perhaps on the condition they serve in the 82nd regiment.
Six companies were raised and set sail for Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Brigadier-General Francis MacLean led the 82nd regiment, with the 74th regiment, to Penobscot Maine to construct a fort and interrupt shipping in and out of Boston, and also provide security for those remaining loyal to Great Britain.
A large force of 3,000 men in nineteen ships and twenty four transports laid seige on the fort unsuccessfully for three weeks. British reinforcements arrived, causing the Yankee force
to flee up river where some ships were grounded, others set fire to, and those not killed travelled over
land back to Boston. The leader of the Yankee forces, Paul Revere, was court-martialled and acquitted after the trial dragged on for three years. As the Penobscot fort was destroyed, the troops of the 82nd were returned to Halifax for garrison duty.
The second and final mission of the 82nd was to assist General Cornwallis free the Carolinas.
They succeeded in capturing Wilmington to keep Cornwallis' lines of communication to the sea open. However the forces capitulated in Yorktown, and Cornwallis committed suicide. Many were incarcerated as prisoners of war.
The war ended , and in October, 1783, the 82nd regiment sailed from New York for Halifax where it disbanded. A tract of land containing 26,030 acres was set aside for the soldiers in Pictou County and it became known as the 82nd grant.

The land was surveyed and divided into lots for the soldiers to draw their number. While some sold their lots without seeing them, others visited the lots and promptly returned to Halifax to re-enlist.
About fifty actually moved to Pictou County.

Sources:
"Pictonians in Arms" by James M. Cameron, and
"History of the County of Pictou" by Rev. George Patterson


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Name
Date of Grant
Location
Acres
Rank or Origin
- A -        
Addams, William 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd regiment
Allardice, Archibald 1784 Pictou 500 Naval Lieutenant
Anderson, Andrew 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment 
Arbuckles, Charles 1785 Merigumish 200 Corporal, 82nd Regiment
Arthur, James 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
- B -        
Bailie, John 1785 Merigumish 150 Private, 82nd Regiment
Bannaytine, David 1785 Merigumish 200 Corporal, 82nd Regiment
Bilboa(Bilboe), Wm. 1785 Merigumish 100 Drummer, 82nd Regiment
Baggey, David 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Bradaw, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Brannon, Michael 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Brown, George 1785 Merigumish 100 Seargent, 82nd Regiment
Browne, Charles 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Browne, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
- C -        
Cameron, Alexander 1785 East River, Pictou 100  
Cameron, Alexander 1797 East River, Pictou 300  
Cameron, Archibald 1785 Merigumish 150 Private, 82nd Regiment
Cameron, Archibald 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Cameron, Donald 1785 East River, Pictou 150  
Cameron, Finlay 1785 East River, Pictou 400  
Cameron, James 1797 East River, Pictou 300  
Cameron, Samuel 1785 East River, Pictou 300  
Cameron, Samuel Jr. 1785 East River, Pictou 100  
Campbell,Alexander 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Campbell, Donald, Jr. 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Campbell, Donald Sr. 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Campbell, Finlay 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Campbell, Matt 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Campin, William 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Carmichael, James 1785 Merigumish 200 Seargent, 82nd Regiment
Chisolm, Donald 1797 East River, Pictou 350  
Chisolm, Donald Jr. 1797 East River, Pictou 400  
Chisolm, John 1797 East River, Pictou 300  
Chisolme, Duncan 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Chisolme, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Chisolme, John Jr. 1785 East River, Pictou 200  
Chisolme, John Sr. 1785 East River, Pictou 300  
Clark, Robert 1785 East River, Pictou 100  
Clark, Robert 1797 East River, Pictou 150  
Clawson, Robert 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Cochrane, Archibald 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Colly, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Conally, Thomas 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Cullen, Gerrard 1785 Merigumish 200 Seargent, 82nd Regiment
Culton, Robert 1797 East River, Pictou 500  
Cummins, George 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Cusins, John 1785 Merigumish 100 100
- D -        
Denoon, Hugh 1784 East River, Pictou 500 New York
Denoon, Hugh 1793 Pictou 500  
Dewar, Robert 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Dickson, Alexander 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Dickson, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Dirkham, Dennis 1785 Merigumish 100 Drummer, 82nd Regiment
Donochie, Laurence 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Dunbar, Alexander 1797 East River, Pictou 200  
Dunbar, Robert 1797 East River, Pictou 450  
Dunbar, William 1797 East River, Pictou 300  
Dunce, Charles 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Dunn, Robert 1785 Merigumish 200 Seargent, 82nd Regiment
-E-        
Eves, John 1785 Merigumish 200 Seargent, 82nd Regiment
-F-         
Flemming (Hemming), Thomas, 1785 Merigumish 200 Seargent, 82nd Regiment
Foot (Toot), 
John
1785 Merigumish 200  
Forbes, John 1797 East River, Pictou 400  
Fowler, John 1785 Merigumish 200 Corporal, 82nd Regiment
Fraser, James 1785 East River, Pictou 350  
Fraser, James, Jr. 1785 East River, Pictou  100  
Fraser, John 1797 East River, Pictou 300 Lieutenant, 82nd Regiment
Fraser, Thomas 1797 East River 200 82nd Regiment
Fraser, Thomas 1797 East River, Pictou 100  
Fraser, William 1797 East River, Pictou 350  
Fraser, John 1785 Merigumish 700 Lieutenant, 82nd Regiment
Fraser, John 1785 Merigumish 200 Corporal, 82nd Regiment
Freedomes, British 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
- G -        
Gardiner, Robert 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Gibes, James 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Gillies, Deffy 1785 Merigumish 200 Corporal, 82nd Regiment
Gobbiel, Francis 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Gordon, Alexander 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Gordon, William 1785 Pictou Harbour, East 500 S. Carolina Dragoons
Gow, Peter 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Gowe, William 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Grant, Peter 1785 East River, Pictou 300 Private, 82nd Regiment
Griffin, Richard 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
-H-        
Hardin, Ferdinan 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Hayre, Patrick 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Henderson, Archibald 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Hodger, William 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Holmes, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Hunt, Patrick 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
-I-         
Ifes, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Ives, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Drummer, 82nd Regiment
-J-        
Jack, William 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Jerret, Robert 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
-K-        
Kennedy, Alexander 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Kirk, William 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
-L-        
Lamblash, Peter 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment
Loggan, Thomas 1785 Merigumish 200 Corporal, 82nd Regiment
Long, Archibald 1785 Merigumish 200 Corporal, 82nd Regiment
Lunn, John 1785 Merigumish 100 Private, 82nd Regiment

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