Date added: 28 May 2015
My two Great-Great-Uncles took part in the Waterloo Campaign. The elder was Allan Thomas Maclean, a Captain in the 13th Light Dragoons, and the younger Charles James Maclean an Ensign in the 79th Regiment of Foot, the Cameron Highlanders. A kinsman, Major Archibald John Maclaine of Scallastle, of the 73rd Regiment of Foot, was killed at Waterloo.
Allan Thomas was born on the Isle of Mull in 1793, the second son of Archibald Maclean of Pennycross, a Chieftain of the Clan Maclean. He gained a commission in the 13th Light Dragoons, and at the Battle of Orthez, Wellington’s victory on 7th February 1814 in Southern France, saved the life of a brother officer, George Doherty, who presented him with his sword now displayed at Duart Castle on Mull and inscribed “From Captain Doherty, XlX Lancers, to Captain Maclean, 13th Light Dragoons”. He and his men covered the tactical withdrawal of British infantry from Quatre Bras through the narrow streets of Genappe towards the defensive position near Mont Saint Jean, which Wellington had identified earlier at Waterloo. Allan Thomas also fought gallantly at Waterloo, reportedly taking command while more senior officers were incapacitated. He was later made Colonel of his regiment, and reached the rank of Lieutenant General. He died in 1868.