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Re: Court Martial of Sergeant Major Mackay

Additionally - in "With Napoleon at Waterloo and other unpublished documents of the Waterloo and Peninsular campaigns, also papers on Waterloo" by the late Edward Bruce Low MA; Francis Griffiths; London; 1911, there is a passage from the Journal of Sergeant Duncan Robertson on the 92nd Highlanders, as follows:

"Shortly after this, the sergeant-major of the 92nd was detected in the act of plundering a house on the highway, and was taken up and ordered to be shot; but General Hope, on account of his wife and family, interceded for him and his sentence was commuted to eight hundred lashes."

Sergeant Robertson refers to "this" as a soldier of 50th Foot being hanged from a tree at the roadside for plundering, and places the date as 10th January 1809, two days after the night withdrawal from Lugo (8th/9th January 1809) which would put them somewhere near Betanzos. However Robertson's recollection appears more hearsay than first hand.

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