Saturday. Arrive this day in Bombay Harbour, the Winterton East Indiaman
Capt. Dundas, with Major General William
Medows, the new Governor of Bombay on board; and also the Prince Wm. Henry Indiaman Capt. R.
Dundas, with Colonel Robert Abercromby, Colonel of the 75th. Regt. on board; —
Each of these Ships brought out Two Companies of the 77th. Regt. commanded by
Capts. Whitelocke and Montresor.
General Medows came on shore immediately and was received on his landing
by the 71st. Regiment: — All the Troops
doing Duty in Garrison were immediately assembled on the Grand Parade;
and the New Governor Genl. Medows, attended by the Old Governor and all
the Council having come there, his Commission appointing him Governor
and Commander in chief of Bombay &c. &c. &c. was Publickly [sic]
read – after which the Troops under Arms fired three vollies and were
dismissed: — Genl. Medows is the first Military Governor ever
appointed to Bombay.
Our Four Companies arrived yesterday from England in the Winterton and
P.W. Henry Indiamen were this day disembarked and Quartered along with
the rest of the Regiment at the Apollo Barracks: — Our Regt. are now all arrived, this being the last Division
of them. —
Are all Introduced to the New Governor, and also Col. Abercromby. —
Orders having been issued by the General, for a Field Officer of the
Day; and a Captain's Guard to mount daily on the Main Guard; — it
being my turn as first on the Roster for Duty, I mounted the Main Guard
as Senior Subaltern along with Capt. Craufurd
and Lieut. Anderson of the 75th. Regt.; the Duty being
done by Detachments from the European Brigade and Native Infantry alias
Sepoys; Lieut. Colonel Balfour was Field
Officer of the Day. — I wrote letters of this date on Guard to
Major Skelly (my old Capt. in the late 71st. Regt.) and Capt. Madan (an old American acquaintance) both
Aid-de-Camps to Earl Cornwallis Governor-General and Commander in chief
of India; to Solicit their interest with His Lordship in my favor for
Promotion, in case the Honble. Company's
Officers should decline accepting of the vacant Commissions left for
them, in the King's Four Regiments lately arrived in India; — I
also wrote on the same Subject to Capt. James
Campbell, Nephew and Aid-de-Camp to Major Genl. Sir Archd. Campbell, Governor of Madras; — I also wrote
letters to my Friends Lieut. James Robertson
and Ensign R. Cameron 76th. Regt.; and Doctors
Charles and Hector Macleans. — Had a very pleasant Guard with
The 71st. Regiment Embarked for Madras (their
old Quarter) on board the Dublin (Capt.
Smith) and Northumberland Indiamen, and some other small vessels.
I went on board the Dublin to take leave of my Friend Capt. Smith and the rest of my old Mess-mates of that
Ship: – the Ladies that came out with us are all going to Bengal on
board the Dublin; notwithstanding, some of them, had very
tempting offers, in the way of Matrimony, to remain at Bombay. I spent
most part of the Day in taking leave of my Dublin and 71st. Friends: — I gave my Bengal letters to
Capt. Broun – and my Madras ones to Lieut. Roderick Mackenzie of the 71st. Regiment. — I Hired and Engaged a Native
Servant this day – a Boy called Abdella (a Moor Man) lately Servt. to
Lt. R. Mackenzie. —
The Ships with the 71st. Regt. on board, sail'd this day for Madras. I am to Pay
my Moor Servant Five Rupees wages per month. —
The 77th. Regiment, agreeably to orders,
removed this day, from the Apollo Barracks to the King's Barracks,
within the Fort; these Barracks were recently occupied by the 71st. Regt., and were
originally Built for a King's Regt. the first
that ever came to Bombay. — They are a tolerable good Square
Barracks – they contain about 700 Men and Officers, nearly, in
Proportion; most of our Officers removed to the Barracks at the same
time with the Men; none of our Captains chose to come into the Barracks
at this time. — I had in consequence, as oldest Lieutenant the
choice of all the quarters, I chose a very good one in the Front Face of
the Barracks, facing the Grand Parade; my old chum continued my fellow
Lodger as before in the Bunder, and our Mess also continued the same.
Sunday. — After many objections and difficulties, that were started
against it, having been surmounted and got over, a few of us, who were
anxious and zealous in promoting and recommending it, knowing it from
past experience to be an eligible thing, and Productive of very good
beneficial consequences to the Corps at large, had influence and
sufficient interest at last to form on this day, a General Regimental
Mess composed of all the Officers of the Regiment; under very good
Regulations. We appointed the Qr. Mr. Serjeant (Mc.Dowell) our Mess Man; each Member
allowing him Half a Guinea per week for eating, and Three Pence Sterling
Profit on every Bottle of Wine, Porter or Beer Drank at the Mess; and
One Rupee (alias 2/31/2 Str.) for the Dinner of each Guest: - The
Members were obliged to lay in Mess utensils, Table Linnen [sic] &c. &c. at their own Expence.
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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.129-135. [Microfilm Reel CY299 Frames #70-73].