Date added: 5 May 2015
Image: Captain Francis Stupart when in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
It was during a visit to Edinburgh Castle in 1937 that I first learned of Lt Francis Stupart of the Scots Greys. This was by way of a painting of Francis and notes on the Battle of Waterloo in one of the rooms.
Francis Stupart was born in 1781 in Alloa, Clackmananshire and, prior to joining the Scots Greys, he had served for 5 years in the local Volunteer Infantry Regiment. In 1803 he was commissioned as a Coronet in the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys) and purchased promotion to Lieutenant in 1804, thus becoming 2 i/cof a cavalry troop. This was also when the regiment was sent to join Wellington's Army in the Low Countries in mainland Europe.
During the Battle of Waterloo he took part in the cavalry charge made by the Scots Greys and was badly wounded but survived. He was promoted to Captain shortly afterwards. In 1816 however he, like numerous other Naval and Military officers, was put on Half Pay due to the end of the Napoleonic War.
In 1844 Francis Stupart purchased a Captaincy in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) who were serving in Ireland. His service with them was relatively short however as he decided to retire from military life and settle in Edinburgh where his son John already stayed. Francis took a property at 12 Saxe Coburg Place, in Edinburgh's New Town and in doing so lived in very close proximity to a number of other Stupart households in some of the adjacent Streets. Amongst those were my paternal Great Grandmother, and paternal Grandmother and various other related families,all of whom were members of St Bernard's Parish Church in Saxe Coburg Street.
Francis died in 1860, aged 79, at his son's villa in the Trinity district of Edinburgh and is buried in Warriston Cemetry in Edinburgh. In addition to the family details on his tombstone there is the following inscription :- "The last remaining officer in Scotland of the Scots Greys present at the Battle of Waterloo where he served as a Lieutenant and was severely wounded ".