James Gillborn (cont)

James Gillman enlisted for the Marines on 5th June 1824 at Leicester, describing himself as a wire worker born in the parish of St. Nicholas in Nottingham.

James Gillborn enlistment papers

He was described as 20 years old, 5ft 7and a half inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

He was paid a bounty of 3 4s 0d (3.20p) and  placed as No. 801 in the Portsmouth Div., 57Co. under 1st Lt.Welshman.

His marines career has not yet been researched, and the next we know of him was when he enlisted in the 89th Regiment of foot on 11th August 1831 at Coventry, Warwickshire.  He now describes himself as a cordwainer aged 24 and received a bounty of 3.  Presumably his new trade was learned in the marines.  His attestation states he is umnarried, and has never served in the Army, Marines, Ordnance or Navy.

James Gillborn attestation

(The full form is available, but download may be slow for the 179K scan)

Although his name was written here as Gilman, he did sign as Gillman.  He was now described as five feet seven inches tall, with a dark complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair.
From Army payment records held in WO12 at the PRO, it has been possible to work out in his detailed movements between enlistment in 1831 and his discharge in 1848.  In summary, after initial service in the UK and Ireland, he went to the West Indies in summer 1835 where he stayed for five and a half years.  From there he went to Canada for 5 months before coming back to the UK and Ireland.  With an apparently unblemished record up to this point, he now had a number of entries on his disciplinary record for drunkeness. The following is a transcript of pages from his discharge hearing:

Extract from the Regimental Defaulters Book against No. 801 Private James Gillman, 89th Regiment

Date of Crime Crime Punishment Awarded By whom ordered
20 June 1843 1. Drunk and absent 15 minutes from Dinner Roll Call
2.Abusive language to Capt. John Pemble when in charge of the Main Gdrm between the hours of 1 & 2 hrs on the afternoon of the 20th instant
48 hours cells
6 D.M.D.
Major Lewis
16 April 1844 Drunk in Town 7 D.C.B Capt. Egerton
2 May 1844 Drunk for Guard on the morning of 2nd Inst. 48 H.C. & 14 D.C.B Major Kenny
16 May 1845 Drunk in Bks on the night 16th Inst. 5 D.M.D Major Kenny
17 Jul 1846 Coming into the Bks drunk, between the hours of 8 & 9 on the night of 17th Inst. 10 D.C.B. Major Kenny
6 Sep 1846 For being drunk for Church Parade on the morning of 6th Inst. 14 D.C.B. Major Kenny
3 Oct 1846 Coming into Barracks drunk, at Tattoo on the night of the 3rd Inst. 10 D.C.B. Major Kenny
4 May 1848 Drunk for Parade 5 D.M.D Major Kenny


D.M.D = Days Military Detention
D.C.B = Days Confined to Barracks
H.C.   = Hours (in) Cells

Extract from the Court Martial Book of previous Convictions against No. 801 Private James Gillman 89th Regiment

Date of  Description
of Court
Crime Sentence Punishment
3 October 1845 District 1. For having come drunk into Barracks at Carlisle on or about One O'Clock pm 25 Sept 1845
2.  For having at or about the same time and place stated in the 1 Charge broke away from the Escort and struck Sgt.Thomas Egan his Superior Officer when in the execution of his dutys.
Imprisonment with Hard Labour for 2 Lunar Months The Sentence None

He was finally discharged on 10th November 1848 at Birr in Ireland, having served 17 years and 20 days in the 89th.   He moved back to Nottingham where he was admitted to out-pension 9 Jan 1849.

Top                              Family Tree

Valid XHTML 1.1