Here are documents on Maj. Patrick Campbell, Revolutionary Highland
Major Patrick Campbell (2nd) 71st Regiment of Foot
Patrick Campbell was a man of high birth and noble character. The
following papers which were found among the records of his son will serve
to give an insight into his personality:
At this time an officer's position in an English Regiment was a piece of
property that was bought and sold. The following is the story of the
transaction by which Patrick Campbell acquired the rank of Major in this
New York, 27 January, 1781. Received from Capt. Patrick Campbell, 71 Regt.
Bills for Eleven Hundred pounds sterling which is in full of all demand
upon him for price of (his release). has this day given his parole to
return from New York when demand(ed). My majority in the 71st Regt.
Likewise received letters upon his agent directing him to pay the interest
upon the same from 6th of November, 1778, as witness my hand, Duncan
MacPherson. Captain <. Col. 3d F. Guards.
Captain Campbell was captured by the American forces and paroled. The
following is the copy of his parole as found among the papers of his son:
These may certify that in pursuance of his excellency the
Commander-in-chief's orders for the purpose, Capt. Patick Campbell of the
71st British Regt. has this day given his parole to return from New York
when demanded by the Commander-n Chief unless exchanged for an officer in
captivity with the British forces in New York of equal rank with him. In
consequences of which parole, given by him to Dutch Governor Bowne of
Rhode Island is to be of no effect, he having fulfilled the provisions of
it... Given at Commissioner of Province Office 21 February 1780, Abm.
Skinner. D. Com. Genl. Pris.
Thereupon, his parole was cancelled as follows:-To whom it may concern. I
do certify that Captain Campbell of 71st Regt. was regularly exchanged for
Captain John Willis of 2nd Virginia Regt. at New York the 25th day of
Jas. Loving, Com. Genl. Pris.
DUNCAN PEARSALL CAMPBELL
Sometime after the death of his father and mother (Sarah Pearsall
Campbell) Duncan Pearsall Campbell became entitled to a share of his
deceased grandfather's estate in Scotland. So he forwarded a paper
entitled, A statement of the claim of Duncan Pearsall Campbell of New
York, son of Major Patrick Campbell, late of the 71st Regiment of Foot who
was the son of Duncan Campbell of Barcaldine, the grandfather of the
[A note to this effect was among the papers of the Pearsall family now in
the Pearsall Collection at the New York Public Library]
Papers in the Pearsall Collection, New York Public Library
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