George Johnston

Male 1764 - 1823  (58 years)


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  • Name George Johnston  [1
    Born 19 Mar 1764  Annandale, Dumfries, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 30 Mar 1764  Dumfries Parish Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Marine Officer 
    Residence New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _MILT Colonel 
    Died 03 Jan 1823  Annandale, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4439  Brotheridge
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2016 

    Father George Johnston 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1577  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Esther Abrahams,   b. 1770,   d. 26 Aug 1846, George's Hall, Bankstown, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 12 Nov 1814  Concord, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Blanche Johnston,   b. 23 Jul 1806,   d. 29 Aug 1904  (Age 98 years)  [natural]
     2. George Johnston,   b. 1790,   d. 1820  (Age 30 years)  [natural]
     3. Maria Johnston,   b. 13 Mar 1800, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1827, Pondicherry, Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)  [natural]
     4. David Johnston,   b. 1800,   d. 1866  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     5. Julia Johnston,   b. 1796,   d. 1879  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     6. Isabella Johnston,   b. 1804,   d. 1806  (Age 2 years)  [natural]
     7. Robert Johnston,   b. 1793,   d. 1882  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2016 
    Family ID F1380  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was the son of a Scottish Army Officer who had been aide-de-camp to Lord Percy. George at the age of 12 enlisted on the 6th March 1776 as 2nd Lieutenant in the 45th Royal Marines. He saw service in the American Colonies when they rebelled against George III, at New York and Halifax. He fought with his father at the battle of Bunker Hill where his father was wounded. In 1781 he fought against the French in the West Indies whilst aboard the "HMS Worcester", and was severely wounded in action. After six months leave in England, he was appointed in command of the Royal Marines detachment ordered to garrison the Australian Colonies . (This paragraph from "Australian Genesis" by Levi and Bergman). He arrived on the "Lady Penryn" at Port Jackson on the 26 Jan 1788. He became Captain of the NSW Corps when he transferred to them on the 6th April 1792. He then became Aides-de-camp to Governors Philip and Hunter. When he transferred to the Royal New South Wales Regiment, he was instrumental in stopping the uprising at Vinegar Hill. He was the person who led the rebellion which deposed Governor Bligh in 1808 and for 6 months acted as Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of NSW. JOHNSTON was called back to England to face court martial over his involvement with the rebellion and as a result he was cashiered from the Army, but was allowed to return to NSW in 1813, and retained his land grants. He continued life as a successful and influential landowner and became the trusted friend of Governor Macquarie. He died after a short but severe illness. NSW Death Ref. V18235847-2B.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1084] New South Wales, Australia, Butts of Marriage Licenses, 1813–1835, 1894, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;), Series Title: Licenses for Marriages, 1813-1827; NRS Number: NRS 1037; Reel Number: 2281; Volume Number: 4/1710.


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