British Regiments and the Men Who Led Them 1793-1815: 8th Regiment of Foot
By Steve Brown
Stations and Combats – 1st Battalion
Stations and Combats – 2nd Battalion
Careers of Senior Officers (shown as highest rank attained in regiment in the period)
Lt. Col. Arent Schuyler de Peyster
Born in New York 1736; Loyalist service in American War; Lieutenant-Colonel in 8th Foot 10 February 1784; resigned due to illness August 1794; Major-Commandant Dumfries Volunteers 1795; died Scotland 1822.
Lt. Col. Edward Dawson
Major in 8th Foot November 1793 (on transfer from 51st Foot); Lieutenant-Colonel 1 March 1794; brevet Colonel 9 January 1798; nothing further known.
Lt. Col. Sir Gordon Drummond, G.C.B.
Born in Quebec 1771; Major in 23rd Foot January 1794 (on transfer from 41st Foot); Lieutenant-Colonel in 8th Foot 1 March 1794 (on transfer from 23rd Foot); commanded 1/8th Foot in Holland 1794-1795; and also in West Indies 1795-1796; brevet Colonel 1 January 1798; commanded 1/8th Foot at Minorca 1799-1800; and also in Egypt 1801-1802; Brigadier-General on Staff 1804; subsequently Major-General 1 January 1805; Lieutenant-General 4 June 1811; Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada 1813; later Governor-General of Canada; died 1854.
Lt. Col. Archibald Campbell
Major in 74th Foot April 1784; transferred to 8th Foot 1794; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 1 March 1794; Lieutenant-Colonel 22 August 1794; served in West Indies 1795-1796; brevet Colonel 1 January 1798; Colonel of Breadalbane Fencibles July 1799; subsequently Major-General 1 January 1805; Lieutenant-General 4 June 1811.
Lt. Col. George Airey
Born 1761; Major in 68th Foot 1 May 1796; Lieutenant-Colonel in 8th Foot 4 May 1798; served at Minorca 1799-1800; brevet Colonel 25 April 1808; subsequently Major-General 4 June 1811; Quarter-Master General in Ireland 1813; served in many and varied staff positions 1800 to 1820; died 1833.
Born Lancashire 1770; Major in 67th Foot August 1795 (on transfer from 97th Foot); brevet Lieutenant-Colonel in 67th Foot 14 May 1796; Lieutenant-Colonel in 8th Foot 23 November 1804; brevet Colonel 1 January 1805; subsequently Major-General 25 July 1810; served in Peninsula as brigade commander in 4th Division October 1810 to May 1811; killed in action at Albuera 16 May 1811.
Lt. Col. Robert Young
Major in 8th Foot 4 January 1797; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 11 May
1802; Lieutenant-Colonel 27 April 1809; brevet Colonel 1 January 1805;
Colonel on the staff in
Major Bryce Maxwell
Major in 8th Foot 13 October 1803; commanded 1/8th Foot in West Indies
1808-1809; killed in action 2 February 1809 on
Lt. Col. Peter Thomas Robertson
Major in 8th Foot 3 November 1804; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 4 June 1811; Lieutenant-Colonel 6 June 1811; dismissed from the service 9 September 1819.
Lt. Col. James Ogilvie, C.B.
Major in 8th Foot 4 June 1807; Assistant Adjutant-General of North-west District 1809; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 4 June 1813; commanded 1/8th Foot in North America 1813; severely wounded (lost an arm) at Fort George; Lieutenant-Colonel 28 July 1814; on half-pay 1820.
Major Thomas Evans, C.B.
Served in Peninsula with 38th Foot; Major in 8th Foot 6 February 1812; brevet Lieutenant-Colonel 13 October 1812; commanded detached companies of 1/8th Foot in North America 1813-1814; Major in 70th Foot 17 May 1816; wounded 4 times and mentioned in despatches 10 times.
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Placed on the Napoleon Series: May 2009; updated October 2009
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