De Meurons, Swiss infantry regiment raised 1781; transferred 1795 to the British army. It served in India until October 1806, then moved to England, and was sent to Lower Canada in August 1813. There it saw limited service in the WAR OF 1812
under Sir George PREVOST
during the PLATTSBURGH
campaign of September 1814. Remaining in the Canadas, it was disbanded in July 1816, more than half of the 640 other ranks electing to stay as settlers. Some were immediately recruited by Lord SELKIRK
for his expedition to the RED RIVER COLONY
. In 1821 some former officers helped recruit Swiss settlers for Red River.
Prevost, Sir George
Portrait of Sir George Prevost, attributed to Robert Field, circa 1808-11. He led the Swiss de Meurons infantry in the War of 1812 (courtesy McCord Museum/McGill University).
STUART R.J. SUTHERLAND
Links to Other Sites
The Battle of Plattsburgh: What Historians Say About It
This online digitized copy of the 1914 book "The Battle of Plattsburgh: What Historians Say About It" provides an American perspective on this conflict. From the ourontario.ca website.
Sir George Prevost
A biography of Sir George Prevost, army officer and colonial administrator. From the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online.