The late Bustle with France having obliged Government to make an
augmentation to the Army, Orders were issued to raise Four Regiments to
serve in India vizt. the 74th. Commanded by Major Genl. Sir Archd.
Campbell, 75th. Commanded by Colonel Abercromby, 76th. Commanded by
Colonel Musgrave, and the 77th. Commanded by Colonel James Marsh; My
very good worthy Friend General Allan Maclean late Colonel of the 84th.
Regiment, not forgetting that I was upon Half Pay in the Country made
use of all his interest upon this occasion in my favor, and got me
appointed Eldest Lieutenant in the 77th. Regiment; on condition, of
raising a quota of Fifteen Men for the Regiment, for getting from Half
to Full Pay, agreeable to His Majesty's Orders issued on this occasion,
I received my Beating Orders and Recruiting Instructions at Oskamull on
the 16th. Day of Novr., and in a few days afterwards I set about
Recruiting in the Country; I went to Morven and Ardnamurchan in person,
and notwithstanding all the aid and assistance of my Friends in these
Districts, I met with no Success, I was equally unfortunate in all Parts
of Mull, where many of my Friends exerted themselves to procure me Men,
especially my Uncle, Captain Maclaine of Lochbuy, who notwithstanding
his powerful interest among his own Clan and Tenants could not prevail
with one of them to enlist; my good Friend Torloisk also tried all he
could among his Tenants to get me some Recruits, but his Persuasions,
which was all he could make use of, had no effect; – I was equally
unsuccessful in the place of my Nativity, and ancient Possessions of my
Ancestors, – among my own Clan and Namesakes, the Macquaries of Ulva;
where every fair and Lawful Means were used by their old Chief and
Master, my Relation the Laird of Macquarie, and myself; but, such is the
aversion of these People to become Soldiers or to go abroad, that
notwithstanding all the entreaties of their old Chief and Master, not
one of his ungrateful Clan, (to whom he had been, in the days of his
Prosperity, a most kind and Generous Master,) would enlist or follow me
and his own Son Murdoch Macquarie, (a lad about Sixteen years of age)
who voluntarily offered to follow my Fortunes, and push his own in India
– as a Volunteer. — I was not much surprised, tho' at the same time I
confess I was exceedingly displeased, at the ungrateful conduct of these
People, who had treated their old chief exactly in the same manner, when
he got his Commission in the Army in Decr. 1777 and hoped to get his
whole Quota of Men among his own Clan; but in this, he was cruelly
disappointed, very few indeed, having followed him to the American War:
– it would appear he had lost his Power and influence over them, at the
same moment he had lost the Estate of his Ancestors. —
Finding I had no success in the Recruiting way in Mull I determined upon
setting out for the Low Country without loss of time to Recruit there,
and accordingly I took leave of my Mother, Family and Friends on this
Day (being Saturday the 15th. of December 1787.) at Oskamull, and set
out from my Mothers House about Twelve OClock for Knock – my Brother
Charles and Murdoch Macquarie being along with me – we staid [sic] all
night at Knock; and next day [Decr. 16.] proceeded on to Moy which we
reached in the Evening.
I went in company with my Brother Charles down to Ross and Brolass in
quest of Lachlan Maclean who I wished to procure to go with me as
Serjeant to India, but not finding him, and after seeing our Friends
there, we Returned by way of Carsaig to Moy, where I was obliged to
remain Stormstaid during the next Day, it being very Boisterous weather.
I set out early on the morning of this Day on my Journey – Ferry from
Crogan, where I part for the present with my Brother Charles who
returned to Moy (accompanied by Murdoch Macquarie) I cross the Ferry
from Crogan to Lorn — land at Gallanach and reach Cleigh House in the
Evening where meeting some Friends I staid [sic] all night.
I proceeded on my Journey early in the morning and reach the Town of
Inverary where I visited some Friends before I went to Bed, having
supped at Sonachans with Mrs. Maclachlan &c.
I left Inverary early in the morning; cross Lochfine, and having
procured a Guide to carry my Portmanteau, cross the Hills and by a short
Rout [sic] arrived at Ardinterry in Cowal on Clyde Side, where I
dine with the Family of Maclaine of Kilmorry, take leave of them &
hired a [a] Ferry Boat to cross to Greenock — I was a long time on the
water crossing the Firth of Clyde, but it being a beautiful moon light
night, I found the Passage very agreeable — I arrived at Greenock about
Nine OClock at night and Put up at the 'White–Hart–Inn' where, after
taking a light Supper, I went to bed and took a good comfortable nap
after my fatiguing day's march across the Hills of Cowal; having
travelled all the way on foot from my Mother's House Hither – being
nearly about One Hundred Miles.
I spent all this Day with my Friend and Relation Mr. Maclean of
Kingerloch and his Brothers – Kingerloch had recently married Miss
Maclean of Ardgour and passing the Holidays with their Friends in
I took leave of the Kingerloch Family, and in Company with Ensign Ronald
Cameron of the 76th. Regt. set out for Glasgow in the Morning Stage, and
arrive there about Mid–day.
I set about Recruiting immediately by employing proper Serjeants and
Crimps for that purpose, and took into immediate Pay on the same day
Serjts. Mc.Gregor, Rose and Mc.Lachern , [?] to beat up in Town and
different parts of the Country for me — On this same night I was so
fortunate as to make One good Recruit.
Decr. 26. & 27.
I wrote off letters to London to the Agents, and to my Friend General
Maclean to acquaint them with my arrival at Glasgow; and that I was in
great hopes of soon completing my Quota.
I wrote the Agents Messrs. Cox, Cox and Greenwood to acquaint them for
Colonel Marsh's information that I had Enlisted Five Recruits.
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Macquarie, Lachlan. Journal No. 1: 15 December 1787 – 24 March 1792.
Original held in the Mitchell Library, Sydney.
ML Ref: A768 pp.1–10. [Microfilm Reel CY299 Frames #7–11].