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TITLE
Recruiting Warrant, American War of Independence, 1778
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_D928_A_I_16
DATE OF IMAGE
1778
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
5545
KEYWORDS
USA
emigrants
emigration
soldiers
enlistments
warrants
Recruiting Warrant, American War of Independence, 1778

This recruiting warrant dated 11 November 1778 is signed by Colonel Commandant Cathcart, commander of the British Legion at New York, a Loyalist military unit in the American War of Independence. It authorises Lieutenant [Soirle] McDonald to 'proceed to such Parts of the Continent of North America, as shall appear...most expedient' in order to enlist able-bodied recruits for a period of three years, or for the duration of the war.

Captain Soirle Macdonald emigrated to North Carolina from Skye in 1771 and settled in Anson County. He served as a Loyalist during the American War of Independence after which he settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He returned to Skye c1792 where he lived until he was over 90. He left a young widow who was still living at Feaul, Kilmuir in 1886, when she had reached the age of 100.

The document is part of the JLM Mitchell Archive of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Sheriff James Lachlan Martin Mitchell (b. 13 June 1929) was a native of Inverness and son of well-known doctor, Lachlan Mitchell. He was appointed full-time sheriff in Edinburgh in 1978 and served there until his retirement in 1995. He died on 26 November 2001


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Recruiting Warrant, American War of Independence, 1778

1770s

USA; emigrants; emigration; soldiers; enlistments; warrants

Highland Archive Centre

Sheriff JLM Mitchell (documents)

This recruiting warrant dated 11 November 1778 is signed by Colonel Commandant Cathcart, commander of the British Legion at New York, a Loyalist military unit in the American War of Independence. It authorises Lieutenant [Soirle] McDonald to 'proceed to such Parts of the Continent of North America, as shall appear...most expedient' in order to enlist able-bodied recruits for a period of three years, or for the duration of the war.<br /> <br /> Captain Soirle Macdonald emigrated to North Carolina from Skye in 1771 and settled in Anson County. He served as a Loyalist during the American War of Independence after which he settled in Shelburne, Nova Scotia. He returned to Skye c1792 where he lived until he was over 90. He left a young widow who was still living at Feaul, Kilmuir in 1886, when she had reached the age of 100.<br /> <br /> The document is part of the JLM Mitchell Archive of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. Sheriff James Lachlan Martin Mitchell (b. 13 June 1929) was a native of Inverness and son of well-known doctor, Lachlan Mitchell. He was appointed full-time sheriff in Edinburgh in 1978 and served there until his retirement in 1995. He died on 26 November 2001 <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service