|NAME: Andrew SCOTT||Name variations: None encountered|
|Birth Date and Place||June 1821 Belfast, Antrim, Ireland [WO131-32-95].|
|Baptism Date and Place|
|Marriage Date and Place||30 Jun 1845 Adelaide, South Australia [SA Marriage Ref. 7/72]|
|Children||Children may have been born in Tasmania between 1845 and 1851, but no records can be found.|
Andrew b. 1851 (d. 6 wks 1851) Toodyay, Western Australia [WABDM Reg. #1700].
Sarah b. 1852 Western Australia [WABDM Reg.#1934].
Joseph b. 1855 (d. 7 days 1855) Perth, Western Australia [EPCEM – Birth and Death not registered].
Francis George b. 1857 Steventon, South Australia [SA Birth Ref. 12/140, Highercombe].
|Occupations||Hatter [Regimental Records of Deserter 1828-1840].|
Police Constable, Avon District [Govt. Gazette 5 Jun 1849].
Located in Toodyay, Albany and York (see Military Postings below).
|Land Acquisition in WA||See sidebar – not verified [ERIC p.2747].|
|Death Date and Place||See sidebar – not verified [ERIC p.2747 & WABDM Reg. #3065].|
|Burial Date and Place|
|Death, Funeral, Obituary Notices||None.|
|Will and Probate||None.|
|Regiment||96th Regiment of Foot. 1 Jun 1849 transferred to|
99th (Lanarkshire) Regiment [WO12-9813-7].
|Soldier No. and Rank||#1065 (96th) Private. #2447 (99th) Private [WO131-32-95].|
|Enlistment Date and Place||28 Aug 1836 Glasgow Headquarters, Aged 15. Bounty paid to recruit £2 2s. [WO12-9619-65].|
|Attestation Date and Place||29 Aug 1836 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Physical Description||Height: 5 ft. ½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.|
|Medals, Clasps and Badges||Good Conduct Badge 3d. per diem from 2 Apr 1853 [WO12-9819-152].|
|Regimental Courts Martial (96th Regiment)||5 Feb 1837 Deserted; 6 Mar 1837 Re-joined.|
Convicted and sentenced nine weeks imprisonment.
6 Mar 1837 Confinement; 20 May 1837 Released.
|District Courts Martial||None.|
|General Courts Martial||None.|
|Arrival Van Diemen’s Land: Ship and Date||Lord Lyndoch.|
Dep. 11 Sep 1840, Plymouth. Arr. 5 Feb 1841 Hobart, VDL. Disembarked 11 Feb 1841.
[WO12-9612-299 & DPS].
|Arrival Western Australia: Ship and Date||Java 14 Feb 1847 from Hobart, embarked 27 Jan 1847 [WO12-9620-334].|
|Military Postings within Western Australia||96th Regiment|
Perth HQ from 4 Feb 1847 to 31 May 1849.
Toodyay 1 Jun 1849 to 31 Mar 1851.
Perth HQ 1 Apr to 30 Apr 1851.
Albany 1 May 1851 to 31 May 1852.
York 1 Jun 1852 to 30 Jun 1853.
Toodyay 1 Jul to 31 Dec 1853.
Perth HQ 1 Jan to 31 Dec 1854. Including On Guard March, July and November.
[All sourced from Musters & Pay Lists WO12-9620, 9622, 9813, 9817, 9819].
|Courts Martial in Western Australia||None.|
|Discharge Date and Place||31 Dec 1854 Perth, Western Australia.|
Discharged at his own request with gratuity of 12 months pay [WO12-9819-209 & 218].
|Age at Discharge||32 (sic).|
|Length of Service||17 years 226 days.|
|Deferred Chelsea Pension Reference||WO131-32-95.|
|Pension District||Not applicable.|
|Pension Amount||6d. per diem on attaining 60 years of age. War Office ref. G68059 states ‘not entitled until 21/8/71’ [WO131-32-95 p.4].|
It is clear that Andrew Scott was part of a company of troops from the 96th Regiment which made its way from Hobart to Adelaide in October 1841 [WO12-9613-199]. He was certainly there in June 1845 when he married Sarah Knight [WO12-9618-32]. His 99th Regiment discharge document (left) indicates that he planned to reside in Adelaide after his discharge from the 99th Regiment in December 1854. The two shipping records (left) for S. Scott and A. Scott suggest that Sarah and their daughter, and seven months later, Andrew on the same ship Robert Clive, did leave for Adelaide. Certainly their son Francis George was born in South Australia in 1857. Thus after nearly eight years of service in many parts of the Swan River Colony, he chose not to be a ‘Redcoat settler in Western Australia’.
I have not been able to locate a record of Andrew’s death in South Australia, so is it possible that he returned to Western Australia and died in Albany as suggested by Erickson’s entry in the Bicentennial Dictionary? Research continues …
Thanks go to Beth Frayne, Toodyay Historical Society for providing assistance with records from Genealogy SA and TROVE.