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MATTHEW MACNAMARA, Colonel in Bengal Army late 1700s and early 1800s
« on: Saturday 11 August 18 16:27 BST (UK) »
I would appreciate any help concerning the origins of this person, especially his birth place and family history.


Date of birth:    c.1761
Place of birth:    unknown
Date of death:    31 Jan 1824
Place of death:    Monghyr in India

Early Career before India

Reference:    “A Military History of Perthshire”, Volume 1 ed. Katharine Marjory, “The 77th Regiment of Foot”

Matthew Macnamara an ensign in this unit in 1783 (see attached photos). Unit mutinied and was disbanded in 1783.

1783 Aril 21 “Matthew McNamara, 1 .... Appointed Ensign”
Officers of the 77th, Atholl Highlanders, at the Reduction of the Regiment, April 1783.

Career in India

Lt-Colonel in Bengal Army

Reference:    “List of the Officers of the Bengal Army, 1758 – 1834”

McNAMARA, Matthew (1761/62 – 1824).
Lieut. Colonel,
Pension Est. 17th N.I.
b. 1761/62.
Cadet 1783.
Admitted 20 Apr. 1784.
Ensign 11 Jan. 1785.
Lieut. 26 Dec. 1790.
Capt. 25 Aug 1804.
Major 5 Dec. 1812.
Lt. Col. 4 June 1817.
Pensioned 1 Jan 1820.
d. Monghyr 31 Jan. 1824, aged 62

Ensign H.M. 77th Ft. 24 Jan 1783.
Appointed Cadet 2 Apr 1783
Sailed for India in HMS Euridyce. (Fletcher Christian was first mate on this voyage)
Posted to 4th Bengal Eur. Bn. 5 Feb 1790
Transferred to 6th do. 1791
Apptd. Adjt 6th Eur Bn. 25 Jan 1794
Adjt. 2nd Bengal Eur. Regt. 1796
Do. 1/9th N.I. in 1803-4
Second Mahratta War
Pursuit of Holkar 1805-6
Capt. 1/9th N.I.
Fur. 24 Feb 1807 1810
Nepal War 1816

Major 2/9th N.I., in 4th Bde. Centre Column.
Posted Lt. Col to 1/23rd N.I. in 1817
(? Third Mahratta War: Nagpur: Lt. Col. 1/23rd N.I.)
Transferred to 17th N.I. in 1818
Refs: M.I. in Monghyr old cemetery


Known children:

1. Anne Macnamara
a. Born: c. 1787
b. Married: George Brunette (27 Dec 1805)
c. Married: James William Truter (3 Sep 1808)
d. Death: 11 Dec 1842 at Colombo, Ceylon

2. Phoebe Macnamara
a. Born: 17 Dec 1800
b. Married: Francis Hodgson (31 Dec 1819 in Chitpore)
c. Married: George Hodgson (23 Jun 1840)
d. Death:

3. Mary Macnamara
a. Born:
b. Married: William Arnow (26 Aug 1814 in Berhampore)
c. Death: 1829 July 5 at Lucknow i.
“after a few day’s illness, Mrs Mary Arnow, daughter of the late Lieut.Col. M. Macnamara (William Arnow?)”

Possible: Maria (signed wedding certificate of Phoebe and Francis)