British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa

Soldiers of the Rideau Canal

The following article appeared in the Anglo-Celtic Roots Vol 5 No. 4 (Fall 1999)
- author Norman Crowder.
(This compilation © BIFHSGO 2007)
 
Copies of Despatches and Correspondence Relative to Chelsea Pensioners in Upper and Lower Canada in the Archives of Ontario MU 2108 Misc 1839-1844 F225 contains among other documents the following from LCol By ...
 
"I ... most respectfully beg to state that I am of the opinion the whole of the non-commissioned officers and men of the 7th and 15th companies of Sappers and Miners who served on the Rideau Canal are entitled to a grant of 100 acres of land each, when their services in the Royal Corps are dispensed with; as the grant was held out to them to check desertion - which I am happy to report, it certainly did; but many of the two companies would not take their discharge fearing they would thereby forfeit their claim to a pension, and returned to England.

I regret it is not in my power to state the number who have actually been put in possession of their grant. His Excellency Sir J. Colborne having kindly offered to give the men, either collectively or separately, any vacant lots they chose, created a delay, as the men took time to choose the lots; and when I left Canada, few, if any, of the men had fixed on their lots. I am therefore most respectfully of the opinion, that the best mode of bringing the business to a close will be to give notice to the non-commissioned officers and men late of the 7th and 15th companies of Royal Sappers and Miners, who served on the Rideau Canal, that unless they claim their lots within a twelvemonth from the time of the date of the notice, they will forfeit their grant.
 
I have &c.
(Signed)
John By,
Lieut.-col. Royal Engineers.
Head Quarter, Royal Sappers and Miners
Woolwich 28th July 1834"

Nominal List of Non-commissioned officers, Privates and Buglers of the Companies of Royal Sappers and Miners disbanded at the Rideau Canal in December 1831.
 
Rank
Name
Company
 
Rank
Name
Company
Serjeant
William Addison
7th
 
Private
William Ardour
15th
Corporal
Thomas Jenkins
 
 
 
William Flowers
 
 
William Clyma
15th
 
 
Thomas Dickson
 
2d Corporal
Archibald Sands
7th
 
 
Robert Peck
 
 
George Hog
 
 
 
Robert Snowdell
 
 
Daniel M'Donald
 
 
 
John Newman
 
 
John Richard
15th
 
 
Philip Clogg
 
 
Jones Jones
 
 
 
David Mitchell
 
 
William Mitchell
 
 
 
Thomas Newman
 
Private
Thomas Jones
7th
 
 
William Smith
 
 
Alexander Burns
 
 
 
Michael Rowe
 
 
Henry Hog
 
 
 
Roderick M'Kay
 
 
John M'Donald
 
 
 
Henry Bullen
 
 
Thomas Green
 
 
 
William Fielding
 
 
George Nebbs
 
 
 
James Dykes
 
 
Charles Taylor
 
 
 
Robert Clements
 
 
Robert Bray
 
 
 
Edward Pascoe
 
 
Cornelius Conner
 
 
 
George Simms
 
 
Andrew Gray
 
 
 
Henry Lavis
 
 
Walter Muchmore
 
 
 
James Hume
 
 
William R Broad
 
 
 
John Fraser
 
 
Thomas Finn
 
 
Private
James Boundly
7th
 
Robert Gilvear
 
 
 
Thomas Little
 
 
John Smith
 
 
 
Joseph White
 
 
Samuel Patrick
 
 
 
Robert Mitchell
 
 
John Ayres
 
 
 
David Nesbitt
 
 
Hugh Patrick
 
 
 
James Calloway
 
Bugler
Thomas Duffy
 
 
 
William Fraser
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Serjeant
 
 
 
 
 
 
William Fleming
 
 
 
 
 
 
James Murdock
 
 
 
 
 
 
Patrick Pullen
 
 
 
 
 
 
Robert Jones
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stephen Simmonds
 
 
 
 
 
Private
James Deovy
15th
 
 
 
 
 
John M'Laren
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Smith
 
 
 

 

The following Men returned to England on the Disbandment of the Companies
 
Rank
Name
Company
Remarks
Col-Serjeant
John Eads
7th
Now serving in Gilbralta
 
John Johnston
15th
Now serving at Woolwich
Serjeant
Joseph Coombs
 
Discharged 9 March 1832, and gone to Canada
Corporal
George Raff
7th
Now serving at Chatham
 
Denis Ryan
15th
Discharged 31 Jan 1832, and to reside at Thurles, Ireland
 
Thomas Simmonds
 
Now serving at Purfleet
Private
James Burrel
7th
Discharged 31 Jan 1832, and to reside at Dunferline
 
Andrew Kinross
 
Discharged 31 Jan 1832, and to reside at Stirling
 
Charles Turner
 
Discharged 31 Jan 1832, and to reside at Haywood
 
Edward Council
 
Discharged 31 March 1832, and to reside at Dublin
 
William Smith
 
Discharged 31 Oct 1832, and to reside at Forres
 
William Bond
 
Discharged 31 Jan 1832, and to reside at Probus
 
Thomas Edrington
 
Now serving at Woolwich
 
James Burlace
 
Discharged 31 Mar 1832, and to reside at Devonport
 
George Cook
 
Discharged 14 Jan 1832, and to reside at Devonport
 
William Kershaw
 
Now serving at the Mauritus
 
John Welford
 
Now serving at the Cape
 
Arthur Kelly
15th
Discharged 31 Jan 1832, and to reside at Omagh
 
William Trusk
 
Now serving at the Cape
 
John Cook
 
Now serving at the Cape
 
William Colwell
 
Now serving at Woolwich
 
Owen M'Grath
 
Discharged 16 Jan 1832
 
William Harris
 
Now serving at Woolwich
 
Henry Solrey
 
Now serving at Woolwich
 
John Baird
 
Discharged 7 Sept 1833
Bugler
William Cameron
 
Now serving at Bermuda
 
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