I was very interested in Kieran Hazzard’s article on your website, ‘A Very Political Regiment: Radicalism and the Rifle Corps’, in particular his comments on John Baird, who was executed for treason in 1820.
Kieran says of Baird that he, ‘saw action during the Peninsular campaign under Wellington. By 1812 he was stationed at Getafe outside Madrid.’
While researching for a book I am preparing on the 1820 rebellion in Scotland I examined the muster roll and pay book of the 95th in the National Archives for the years Baird was enrolled (WO 12/9577-9584) and they seem to say that, after his return from South America he was next in the Netherlands expedition to Walchern island in the River Scheldt and, like many others, returned home sick and spent from December 1809 until February 1810 in hospital at Dover (for a short time his name is spelt Beard).
After that he appears to have remained at the regimental barracks for the rest of his service. Each of the companies he was assigned to from 1810 until 1813 is recorded as being ‘at home’.
Of course, I could have misinterpreted the records or Keiran might have had access to other, more accurate records showing he did, indeed, see service in the Iberian peninsula.
Is it possible to pass this message on to Kieran and ask him if he would be kind enough to share any of his sources with me?
Many thanks and best wishes,
I have passed the message on to Kieran, who will be in touch.