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Lieutenant James McClure (c.1797........)

James McClure Discharge papers from Ninth Battery  Royal Artillery on 31 May 1819

Back To . . . Surnames 1st Battery, 1st Brigade Royal Artillery
  • Born : ,about April 1797
  • Where Born : Hillsborough Parish, County Down, Northern Ireland.
  • Occupation : weaver. Gunner
  • Date Arrived : 25th Nov 1823
  • Ship Arrived on :" Jupiter " arriving Hobart Town
  • Rank attained : Lieutenant
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  • Date of Enlistment : 1813 at the age of 16 James joined (but did not enlist) Ninth Battalion . On 8 May 1815 at age 18 James actually enlisted Ninth Battalion  the Royal Artillery
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  • Date of Discharge :Ninth Battery  Royal Artillery on 31 May 1819
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  • Comments : Placed on Pension 31 May 1819 injury on duty
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  • Spouse's Name : Isabella McPherson
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  • Date Arrived : 25th Nov 1823
  • Ship Arrived on :" Jupiter " arriving Hobart Town
  • Date Married : 1833
  • Where Married : Tasmania
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  • Descendants

    Information Supplied by Shirl Cridland

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    Children :
    1 .Henry James McClure b 1831 380291 to Emily Sparrow Ozenkadnook Vic 21-4-1879
    2 . Margaret Jane was born in Kent
    3 . . William b 1824 380322 . 1881 - LAUNCESTON, Tasmania  (  CUBIT, MARY  ) 
    4 . George b 1833381459
    History & Achievements :
    Margaret Jane was born in Kent which suggests that James and Isabella spent some time in Kent.  This is where the Royal Military Academy (RMA), Woolwich is located and where Gentleman Cadets for the Royal Artillery are trained. In May 1819 James  would have been 22, which is above the age limit for entry into the RMA which was 12-14.  There is no record of James training as Gentleman Cadet at the RMA, however he may have been on the staff (and that possibility is being examined).  Gentleman Cadets for the Infantry and Cavalry Arms trained at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst also in Kent and there is no record of James being on the staff at this Academy
     On the recommendation of General John Smith James was appointed to the 1st Battery, of 1st Brigade Royal Artillery with the rank of Lieutenant as an Overseer of Public Works in Tasmania.
     James, Isabella and family departed Downs, in Kent on the 'Jupiter' for his journey to Hobart Town.  Downs is the name given to an area of sea in the English Channel off the town of Deal. Many large ships used to anchor there in sheltered waters and were victualled (and often had passengers board) often from Deal itself. Smaller vessels used to navigate the Goodwin Sands (an area of dangerous sandbanks exposed at low tide, lying off Deal and Ramsgate which used to be known as the 'Ship Swallower') to reach the large ships lying off - the history books tell us that there were sometimes as many as 500 ships anchored out there, which must have been quite a sight! They arrived in the colony on 6 November 1823 at Hobart Town
     James initially worked in Launceston and Perth.  James became Principal Overseer of the Chain Gang, Inspector of Roads at Oatlands in 1928.   In late 1829 James and Isabella left Tasmania for Sydney.  As a commissioned officer he was required to resign in Sydney.  Henry James was born whilst they were in Sydney (although the birth was not registered in Sydney) and after they returned to Tasmania he was christened and the McClure's took up operating the Royal Oak Hotel.
    On 20 February 1819 the Tasmanian Government issued an order requiring all carts to be registered as a result of the increasing number of carts and its wish to increase the security of persons and property.   On 24 April 1829 James was granted a 'Cart Licence' for a  'Pole Cart' of 5 foot 6 inch by 3 foot 6 inch cart with a 6 foot axle.  A pole cart had a central pole to which a pair or more horses where hitched.  Pole carts could have four
    wheels.  The 'Pole Cart' of cart was one of a number of recorded types, including dray, horse dray, wagon, shaft cart, timber cart, water carriage and horse cart.
    The Launceston Advertiser, of Monday, September 27, 1830 advised that James McLuer (sic) was first granted a licence for the Royal Oak Hotel on 20 September 1830.
    Around September of each year the publicans had to assemble at Launceston to apply to renew their licenses. They would literally bring the license with them, and if there were no objections to the way their hotel was conducted,
     hey would be issued with a renewal of the license. Common objections were against hoteliers who served convicts alcohol after hours and on Sundays, gambling, prostitution, not keeping their hotel in good order etc. No objection is noted in the newspapers against McClure's renewal in the years 1831 through 1835.
    James was living in Cimitiere St when he died in 1935
     The Cornwall Chronicle of Saturday, February 20, 1836 carried the following notice from the gazette for that week.  Permission was also give to Isabella McClure, to continue business under the original license, granted to John McClure (sic), deceased, in the Royal Oak, in Wellington St,  John McClure is the name given in the notice, but obviously it should read James McClure. This was probably a transcription error by the original editor of the paper. So after James was deceased Isabella took over the licence.


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