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Captain Archibald Ferrier

Waterloo 200

of Ist Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders


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Submitted by: Charles G. Findlay

Date added: 26 Jan 2015

He was my great-great-great-grand–uncle, and was present at Quatre Bras, and Waterloo. He wrote a letter to his mother, two days after the battle, from which I quote

“Le Roeulx, near Mons, June 20th 1815. . . . . . . .We received a sudden order to march from Brussels on the morning of the 16th and arrived at Genapes (Quatre Bras) at about three, where the French had strongly posted themselves. They attacked us immediately. Lord Wellington was rather taken by surprise as our division and another were the only two up of the British and those of the cavalry. . . . . . . .however our little army kept their ground most gallantly, though opposed to such immense numbers. . . . . . . . . . . The Battle of Waterloo commenced at five in the morning on the 18th, and lasted till six in the evening when the Prussians thought proper to come up, which ended the business. Our Regiment made one good charge, supported by the Scots Greys and took a great many prisoners. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . I got a small wound with shot but did not leave the field and was within one of commanding the Regiment. If so I should have got the Brevetas. The captain senior to me is recommended. We have one major, two captains and five subs out of the 21 that marched from Brussels on the16th. Our regiment is so weakened that they can’t do much more good.”

Addressed to Mrs. Ferrier Wallace, of Cairnhill, Kilmarnock, North Britain. Sadly, Archibald Ferrier was sent with the Gordon Highlanders in 1819 to Jamaica, where he died of yellow fever.

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