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Sutherland Volunteers buttons
Sutherland Volunteers buttons

Set of 6 tunic buttons from uniform of Sutherland Volunteers 1798-1808. Buttons made of "white metal", size 1 cm convex, circular, inscribed "Sutherland Volunteers" around rim, enclosing crown, "En Bt." and a thistle. Condition slightly tarnished.
Picture added on 24 April 2008
I wonder if my GGg Grandfather, Robert Mcleod b. +/- 1773 in Dornoch would have had these buttons on his uniform? I understand he joined one of the Fencibles and was deployed to Ireland where he met and married Fanny Liddle b. 1782 Londonderry. They had their first child in Londonderry, George Mcleod, in 1800, then they went back to Scotland. I believe his father was also Robert in Dornoch. Can anyone help me with this research, please? ~ Thank you for your query, I have emailed you the name of a local Genealogist who may be able to help with your research ~ Administrator
Added by Denise Taylor (nee Macleod) on 21 March 2017
The Sutherland Volunteers,raised in 1796, were, in 1803, formed into two Battalions,the Northern and Eastern. In 1808 the Eastern Battalion elected to become local Militia, but the Northern remained on as Volunteers. Earl Gower was Colonel of the Eastern, Earl Reay of the Northern Battalion.The Eastern Battalion was disbanded with all Local Militias in 1816. The Northern Battalion disappeared with all other Volunteers in 1813.The buttons shown are those that were worn by a soldier of the Eastern Battalion, Sutherland Volunteers.~ Many thanks for your comment. ~ Administrator
Added by Nicol Manson on 10 May 2018
Can anyone help me with information on the following:

Memories written by great-grandson Norman McLeod:
I think Alexander came from the Sutherland area. He had served in the army - perhaps in the dragoons - where he was known as Big Sergeant MacLeod. He served abroad - perhaps in the Peninsula - but had been discharged and returned to Scotland when Napoleon was sent to Elba. It was only after that that he married. He was recalled to the colours when Napoleon escaped from Elba, but Waterloo was fought before he could be sent abroad. I don't even know his wife's name but she came from Tongue on the north coast of Scotland and spoke no English. She was known in the family as Old Grandmother and lived in the Dornoch area. My father visited her there before he left for Australia. By then her husband had died and after that she returned to the Tongue area.
Alexander MacLeod and Margaret McKay were located at Bir(r)ichen at the time of the birth of their son Eric. - Thank you for your comment, I have published it in the hope that someone can help with your research. Administrator.

Added by Ros Grant on 16 August 2019
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