I have been able to find some new information on my 4 times Great grandfather James Yuill. He was the head of the Yuill family that originally came to Canada from Scotland. As previously mentioned in a former post linked here, James was born in Rutherglen Scotland. I don’t really know anything about of his life before he turned 18. I did recently find out using findmypast.co.uk and Ancestry some interesting information about his life from 18 until he migrated to Canada. James at the age of 18 enlisted as a solider in the Napoleonic wars and this was with the 2nd Dragoons unit of Scotland. I haven’t been able to find out if he saw any action in this war. He enlisted on the 12 of March 1793 and was married in July of that year as well.
Now moving forward to March of 1814, James is now around 40 and has 7 children. He is applying for a pension from the government and has lost an eye and is wore out. The record that I found this in is records for those who had served in Canada.
When I first read this my heart went out to this man, he had a wife and 7 children to support as well may not been able to go back to being a weaver with only one working eye. This also put into perspective the choice of immigrating to Canada. Perhaps he saw a chance at better life in Canada when he was over there as a solider. I understand why he and his son lobbied the Scottish government to come to Canada, not just because of the conditions in Scotland at the time.
This information was wonderful to find but left me with more questions. I am now wanting to know how he lost his eye and were in Canada did he serve.
As always, thanks for reading