HINDLE, Edward (1831-1900) 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps. MS journal 1866-70

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60th REGIMENT IN CANADA 1867-1870

HINDLE, Edward (1831-1900), corporal, 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps.  Autograph manuscript journal of 86 sides, compiled 1866-1870, documenting Hindle’s regimental tour leaving Malta 5th September 1867 on the troop ship Hymalaya for Canada (22 sides relate to Canada, including involvement in the Fenian raids), decorative manuscript pages, music scores, songs, penmanship, and a miscellany of verse, moral stories and advice, quotations, interesting facts (“The Age of Our Earth”; The Seven Wonders of the World” etc). Bound in at the rear is Hindle’s  printed army service booklet (pages 7-26) with manuscript insertions documenting his active service in India 1845-1860, plus a tipped in a manuscript page detailing his services at Mooltan 1848, the Punjab 1849, and in the Indian Mutiny (he was seriously wounded during the siege of Delhi 1857). Bound in soft covers (heavily worn) in landscape format (c 10 x 7 inches), with damp staining and grubby on some pages. Included are copies of relevant genealogical records relating to Hindle and his family. 

The most interesting content is found in Hindle’s descriptions and observations on his tour through Quebec and Ontario, recording in detail sights, local history, and military events. The latter includes references to, and commentaries upon the Fenian raids, including Colonel A Rankin’s account of the “murder of Scott” at the Red River. A two page “account of The Battle of Chickabiddy” (referred to at the foot of a page) has been torn out of the journal, and given Hindle’s Irish origins and outspoken inclinations found elsewhere, perhaps this was removed by way of censorship at a later date.

Edward Hindle was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1830, the son of Jonathan and Mary Hindle. The journal comes with genealogical details copied from census and IGI records. Hindle’s very rare medal group was sold at auction by Dix Noonan & Webb (Lot 878, 25 June 2008). His medals included the Canada General Service medal with the rare Red River 1870 clasp.

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