Re: Hector Innes - bits and bobs
I'm writing a book on the 42nd Highlanders and saw your note mentioning Alexander Innes.He served as a Lt. in the 42nd.The following is my bio of him.Anything you have to add would be welcome. [references for bio available]
Innes, Lt. Alexander.Innes was born about 1754.When his twin sons were born in 1792, it was recorded that his son John was named “...after both his both his Grandfathers viz. Mr. John Innes at Balveny [Balvenie]& Mr. John Duncan in the Island of Jamaica [his wife’s father]...” indicating Innes was from the Innes family of Balvenie, on the bank of the Fiddich River, Mortlach parish, Banffshire.Innes was serving as a Volunteer in Capt. Erskine’s Company when he was promoted to Ensign in Sept. 1776 in place of Ens. Alexander MacKenzie who had died of his wounds at the Battle of Harlem Heights.Innes served with a line battalion in New York/New Jersey campaign of 1776-1777 and the Philadelphia campaign of 1777-1778.He was promoted to Lieutenant on Aug. 15, 1778 in place of Lt. John Campbell who was promoted into the 74th Regt.Lt. Innes then took part in the Raid on Portsmouth and the occupation of Stony Point, New York in 1779, the Siege of Charleston in 1780 and the relief attempt for Cornwallis’ army in 1781.He is still listed with the regiment in the regimental review conducted at Halifax in June 1784, but the 1792 Army list shows an Alexander Innes of the 42nd Regt. as going out on half-pay in 1783.
Innes and his wife, Katherine Duncan (daughter of John Duncan Esq., of Jamaica) had eight children (Hector, Katherine, John, Alexander, Elspet, Magdaline, Mary and George) between 1787 and 1798.After leaveing the 42nd Regt., Innes became Captain of the Enzie Volunteers (a Banff-shire volunteer unit of about 300 men which was later part of the 2nd Battalion, Aberdeen Volunteers)) around 1796 and died at Loanhead, near Buckie, Banffshire, on Sept. 15, 1799.He is buried at the church at Rathven where is stone is inscribed: “This stone was erected by Katherine Duncan to the memory of ALEXANDER INNES, Capt. of the Enzie Volunteers, her husband, who died at Loanhead the 15 Sept. 1799, and is interred here, aged 45.”
Commissions: Ens. Sept. 30 – effective Sept. 21, 1776; Lt. Aug. 15 – effective Aug. 3, 1778; Capt. 1796 (Enzie Volunteers).