Major Robert McCrea 1754-1835, Mods, I hope you don't mind me posting this. He was a 4 times gr grandfather and I thought I would post some of his story. He fought on the Loyalist side in American War of Independence -gained commission in Queen's Rangers, "the most famous of theTory partisan corps"Major, 1st American Regiment, 1782. Severely wounded at theBattle of Brandywine, losing use of his right hand.Later, Major Commanding 5th Royal Veterans, Guernsey. At the age of only 22 he was severely wounded, losing the use of his right hand, at the Battle of Brandywine on 11th Sept 1777, probably in the fighting around Chad's Ford, and subsequently received "a pension of £300 a year for wounds". One of his great grandsons remembers a silver appliance he subsequently used for holding a pen. J.G.Simcoe in his 'Journal of the Operations of The Queen's Rangers' (1787) says that the regiment "had suffered materially in the action at Brandywine, and was too much reduced in numbers to be of any efficient service; but if the loss of a great number of gallant officers and soldiers had been severely felt, the impression which that action had left upon their minds was of the highest advantage to the regiment; officers and soldiers became known to each other; they had been engaged in a more serious manner, and with greater disadvantages than they were likely again to meet with in the common chance of war; and having extricated themselves most gallantly from such a situation, they felt themselves invincible." After the British surrender at Yorktown in Oct 1781, he and his brother Creighton went to Canada, along with many Loyalists, the two of them settling in St John, New Brunswick. Robert received a grant (#1057) for Parrtown in St John, but it is believed that he lived with his brother in nearby Kings County until in 1785 the two of them decided that their military careers would be better furthered in England. (See E.C.Wright, 'The Loyalists of New Brunswick'). In 1785 he and Creighton were on the Half-Pay List and they had presumably been so since 1781. Around Sept 1785 he went to Guernsey as Captain of one of the six Companies of Invalides being quartered there from after 1782, when the building began of Fort George above St Peter Port, to strengthen the British garrison in order to better defend the island against the threat of French invasion. He married his first wife there the following year. In March 1789 he moved to the Chester garrison as Captain of one of the two Companies of Invalides there. He returned to Guernsey in Dec 1791 in his previous role. With the reorganisation of the Invalides in Dec 1802 he became Major commanding the 5th Royal Veterans Battalion until they were disbanded in 1814. He continued to receive full-pay for some time. At some time around 1800 he is believed to have built a house called Montville at Les Vardes; this house was subsequently sold to Major Bourne and then to Thomas Priaulx. He is mentioned as a man of fine presence, being 6'4" tall and at the age of 75 is said to have looked like a man of 50. The Guernsey Star reported his death as having been on the 15 July, rather than the accepted 2 July, but perhaps this was his burial.