GSSAThe 1820 Settler Correspondence
 as preserved in the National Archives, Kew
 and edited by Sue Mackay

Additonal Information

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Sue Mackay

PURDON, John - Extra Data


(member of WILLSON's Party)


From original image at

John PURDON married Mary HARRISON on 1 October 1804 in St.Paul's, Dublin


National Archives, Kew


WO25/413 Regimental Book of HM 53rd Regiment


John PURDON Height 5'3", Aged 16 years, Fresh Complexion, Round Visage, Grey Eyes, Brown Hair

Born Lanarkshire, Glasgow (Barony)

Former Service: Weaver, 2 Years


WO97/666/75 Discharge Papers (Royal Hospital Chelsea)

His Majesty's Fifty Third Regiment of Foot

Whereof Lieutenant General Rowland Lord Hill GCB is Colonel

These are to certify

1st that John PURDON, Serjeant, born in the Parish of Barrondry in or near the County of Lanark was Enlisted for aforesaid Regiment at Southampton on the 24th September 1795 at the age of Sixteen for Unlimited Service

2nd that he hath served in the Army for the space of Twenty Years after the age of Eighteen according to the subjoining Statement of Service

109 Regiment from 24th September 1793 to 24th September 1795

53rd Regiment from 24th September 1795 to 25th August 1818

3rd that in consequence of a Chronic Hepatitis he is hereby Discharged

4th that he is not to my knowledge incapacitated by the Sentence of a General Court Martial from receiving Pension

5th that his general conduct as a Soldier has been Very Good

6th that he has received all just Demands of Pay Clothing &c from his Entry into the Service to the date of his Discharge as appears by his receipt underneath.

I John PURDON do hereby acknowledge that I have received all my Clothing, Pay, Arrears of Pay and all just demands whatsoever from the time of my Entry into the Service to the date of this Discharge

John PURDON (signed)

Witnesses: John LEWIS, A. DALGETY Capt, Isaac DENNING [and one other not legible]

To prevent any improper use being made of this Discharge by its falling into other Hands, the following is a Description of the said John PURDON. He is about Five Eleven Inches in Height, Dark Brown Hair, Grey Eyes, Fresh Complexion and by Trade or Occupation a Labourer.

Given under my Hand and Seal of the Regiment at [obscured] 24th day of September 1817

[illegible signature] Lt.Col. 53rd Foot

Horse Guards 25th August 1818 R. DARLING


New Register  House, Edinburgh


James PURDON & Janet BROWN had their child born January [13] bapt. 24th named John in Barony,Glasgow. Winesses: John [BROWN] and Jas. [SHA...UGH]



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