Enlisted into the 1st or Royal Scots Regiment of Foot, 3rd Battalion at Newry, County of Down on 22 Feb 1800, aged 24 years.  Robert served in the Army for a total of 17 years and 194 days - 3 years as Sergeant, 3 years 118 days as a Corporal, and 11 years 76 days as a private, of which 11 years 149 days was served in the West Indies.  Received a gunshot wound through the right thigh in action with the enemy March 4, 1814 at Long Woods in Upper Canada; discharge signed 1817 at Valenciennes by Lt. Colonel Muller, 3rd Battalion Royal Scots Regiment, effective 3 September 1817.  His conduct as a soldier described as "very good".  Description on discharge certificate "about forty one years of age, is five feet nine inches in height, brown hair, brown eyes, ruddy complexion; by trade or occupation, a weaver".  On discharge he was given the amount of one shilling and 1 penny to return to his home town of Kilrea.

Statement of Service for Robert McCausland, Public Record Office, London WO 97/230/56

Robert's two oldest sons entered the Royal Hibernian Military School in Dublin when they were each around 14 years of age - Collingwood Royal McCausland joining the 77th Regiment of Foot on 10 August1840 and Beresford Gordon McCausland joining the 38th Regiment of foot on 23 August 1842.  The School was a self-supporting military-run institution to educate and provide trades training for the orphans and other children of soldiers in Ireland.  The Discharge Ledger, WO143/27, Discharges Alphabetic 1840ish to 1919 indicated that their father was deceased.


Additional Information
Date of Birth 1st Jan 1776 (circa)
Date of Death 1st Jan 1840
Associated Building (s) The Diamond, Kilrea  
First Child Margaret born 1825 Joseph Collingwood born 1826 Beresford Gordon born 1828 Robert born 1833
Occupation Weaver before entering the military in 1800

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