Regiments of the Malta Garrison 92nd (Highland) Regiment
The 92nd (Highland) Regiment
The 92nd Highlanders was raised in Aberdeenshire by the Duke of Gordon in June 1794, at the onset of the French Revolutionary Wars. It was initially the 100th (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot, but was renumbered in 1798 as The 92nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot.
In 1861, its title changed to The 92nd (Gordon Highlanders) Regiment of Foot.
17 June-18 July 1837 During the cholera epidemic in Malta (9 June–11 Oct 1837) the 92nd had 60 ill with 7 deaths (5 males, 1 female and 1 child). The regiment was moved from Floriana Barracks, which overlooked the Ospizio, to Fort Manoel.
28 Nov The 92nd was inspected by Major General Sir Henry Bouverie.
The following were baptised in 1837:
16 JanJohn Hepburn son of Cpl John Hepburn and Charlotte born on 1 January 1837.
16 JanWilliam McLance son of Pte James McLance and Anne born on 10 January.
23 JanMary Hewitt daughter of Pte William Hewitt and Eliza born on 16 January.
1 MarMargaret Corbet daughter of Pte James Corbet and Catherine born on 14 February.
27 MarJohn Forbes Blyth son of Pte James Blyth and Catherine born on 23 March.
22 MayAlexander Marr son of Pte William Marr and Ellen born on 17 May.
5 JuneElizabeth Smith daughter of Pte John Smith and Elizabeth born on 26 May.
24 JulyJane McDonald daughter of Drum Major Charles McDonald and Anne born on 14 June.
4 SepDonald McLean son of Pte Donald McLean and Anne born on 23 August.
17 SepReginald Gother Thorold son of Capt George Edward Thorold and Alice Anne born on 7 August.
6 NovRobert Stott son of Pte William Stott and Jane born on 1 November.
26 DecElizabeth Mathews daughter of Cpl Robert Mathews and Judith born on 21 December.
The following were buried in 1837:
23 JanJessy McIntyre aged 3 years, daughter of Duncan McIntyre.
30 JanAnn McIntyre aged 9 months, daughter of Duncan McIntyre.
14 MarJohn Hunter aged 4 years, son of Daniel Hunter.
3 AprWilliam Mann aged 22 months, son of William Mann.
12 July 1838 Prince Maximilian of Bavaria visited Malta. On 13 July 1838, he inspected the barracks occupied by the 92nd (Highland) Regiment.
30 Nov On the visit to Malta of Adelaide, the Queen Dowager, the 92nd Regiment lined the ramparts of Fort St Elmo while the Hastings entered the Grand Harbour. On the following day, when the Queen Dowager disembarked to examine the accommodation prepared for her, the 92nd formed the Guard of Honour in front of the Palace Valletta. The Queen Dowager then returned to the Hastings.
4 Dec 1838 The Queen Dowager disembarked from the Hastings and occupied her rooms at the Palace Valletta. On 12 December, she held a reception at the Palace attended by all the officers. Afterwards, she reviewed the 92nd on the Floriana Parade ground.
The following were baptised in 1838:
4 Jan Private baptism of Maria Sinclair daughter of Pte Kennedy Sinclair and Ellisha born on 31 December 1837. The child was publicly received into the church on 5 February 1838.
5 Jan Private baptism of Anne Thompson daughter of Sgt James Thompson and Isabella born on 26 December 1837. The child was publicly received into the church on 23 March 1838.
12 FebMargaret McArthur daughter of Pte Robert McArthur and Bridget born on 7 February 1838.
23 MarJohn McIntyre son of Pte Duncan McIntyre and Mary born on 17 March.
16 AprJames Hindman son of Pte James Hindman and Catherine born on 13 April.
23 AprJane Gordon daughter of Pte John Gordon and Jane born on 17 April.
7 MayMary Ann Stuart daughter of Cpl William Stuart and Margaret born on 24 April.
20 MayJohn Collins son of Pte Robert Collins and Anne born on 14 May.
22 MayDonald McDonald son of Pte George McDonald and Catherine born on 11 May.
28 JulyHenry Corbet son of Pte James Corbet and Catherine born on 10 July.
28 JulyJames Matthew son of Pte James Matthew and Elizabeth born on 20 July.
23 OctJulia Crombie daughter of Pte John Crombie and Julia born on 11 October.
23 OctRobert Stark son of Pte James Stark and Judith born on 7 October.
3 DecLucy Flynn daughter of Sgt Patrick Flynn and Maria born on 16 November.
17 DecMargaret Burgess daughter of Pte John Burgess and Mary Jane born on 13 October.
21 Jan 1841 The first division of the regiment consisting of two companies, (204 men, 14 women and 27 children), embarked on the Somersetshire for Barbados to relieve the 14th Foot. It arrived in the West Indies on 4 April. On 13 January 1841, the Rifle Brigade replaced the 92nd on garrison duty at Malta.1
28 Mar The lady of Capt Donald Stewart 92nd Highlanders was delivered of a son, on board the transport Somersetshire, while on its voyage from Malta to Barbados.
21 Jan 1841 HQ Coy and four other companies, (396 men, 24 women, and 44 children), embarked on the transport Cornwall for Barbados to relieve the 14th Foot. It arrived in the West Indies on 4 April with the First Division of the regiment.
10 Nov 1859 Burial of Ann Collins wife of Pte Robert Collins 92nd Highlanders aged 28 years (Military and Civil Cemetery Floriana).
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1The Malta Times or Broad Sheet of the Mediterranean 1840, Issue No 31 (5 September 1840).
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