Caption: Colonel John Nairne, La Malbaie Regiment, Lower Canada Sedentary Militia, circa 1795
John Nairne (1731-1802) began his miltary career at age 14 by enlisting in the Scots Brigade in Dutch service. He took a lieutenant's commission in the 78th (Highland) Regiment of Foot, fighting with Wolfe at the siege of Quebec. After the Seven Years' War, Nairne settled in Canada and became seigneur of La Malbaie. When the American Revolution broke out, the old soldier was soon back in uniform with the 1st battalion of the Royal Highland Emigrants. As usually happened with seigneurs that had military experience, Nairne became colonel of the local militia unit. The print shows him circa 1795 as a colonel in the Lower Canada Sedentary Militia.
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