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Order to Archibald Douglas20th October 1794 - Order to Lord Archibald Douglas to raise a regiment of fencible men. Framed document. Lord Archibald Douglas was commanding officer to Colonel Charles Hunter, 8th Laird of Burnside, who helped to set up the Angus Regiment of Fencibles in 1794.


Charles Hunter, 8th Laird of Burnside, was instrumental in setting up the Angus Regiment of Fencibles. His son, David, 9th Laird of Burnside went on to fight with the Militia in Ireland and became a General. 'Had a good many Highlanders from the Highland borders.'

Lord Archibald Douglas's name, as commanding officer, appears on a list of the Officers who landed at Dunackadee on the 16 & 17 June 1795. He was listed as Col. in Sept 1795. The second in command was Lieutenant Colonel David Hunter. A Captain William Douglas is also listed.

A letter from Lord Douglas, Bothwell Castle, to Charles Hunter of Burnside in 1798 concerning a commission for Mr Henderson of Parkhill and other militia matters indicates his interest in the regiment. it is possible that Col Archibald and Capt William are relatives.


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The Angusshire Fencibles disbanded in Perth 19th july 1802.



 In 1795, Archibald James Edward Douglas [formerly Stewart], first Baron Douglas (1748–1827) raised the Angusshire Regiment of Fencible Infantry, who served in Ireland and Dumfries, as well as being involved with founding the Angus Volunteers Company of Fencible Men earlier in the same year. It was the latter Company that where on duty at the funeral of Robert Burns in 1796 (although some references have inaccurately attributed this to the former group).



Angus Volunteers Facings Buff,[39] or facings yellow, and bonnet and trews [40] Major-Commandant John Fraser.[39] 27 September 1794 1799 Strength, two companies.
Angusshire Regiment Facings yellow[f] Colonel Archibald Douglas.[39] 20 October 1794 19 July 1802 Had a good many Highlanders from the Highland borders. Served in Ireland. Disbanded at Perth.


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