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  • ID: I3282
  • Name: James Ferguson
  • Suffix: of Balmakellie
  • Prefix: Brig-Gen
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1650?
  • Death: 13 SEP 1705 in Bois-Le-Duc, North Brabant, Netherlands 1
  • Burial: St. John's Cathedral, Bois-le-Duc, The Netherlands
  • Residence: Balmakelly & Kirtonhill, Kincardineshire
  • Occupation: Commander at Blenheim. Col of the Cameronians
  • Cause: Suddenly 1
  • BATT: Killiecrankie 1689. Steinkirk, Landen. Schellenburg. Blenheim. 2
  • PCTS: Shown in key to uncoloured Dutch engraving of the Battle of Blenheim, at Nat Army Museum
  • MEM: Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland: inscription
  • Note: 3 4 5 6 1 1

    3rd son. Entered army in reign of Charles II.
    Acquired lands of Balmakelly in the Mearns in 1695.
    Married 2nd abt 1704 Hester Elizabeth, daughter of Abraham Hibelet, pastor of the Walloon Church, who survived him and remarried Captain Hendrik Chombach.
    A newspaper clipping dated 25 Feb 1892 headlined "Old Deer" subtitled "The Ferguson's of Kinmundy" details a monument, erected in the family vault part of the Parish Church to the north of the Church of Old Deer, by William Ferguson. On the face of the stone is the following record:
    In memory of
    Major-General James Ferguson
    Of Balmarkelly
    Colonel of the Cameronian Regiment 1693-1705
    D.1706, B in St.John's Cathedral, Bois-le-Duc, The Netherlands.
    Bois-le-Duc is halfway between Rotterdam and Nijmegen.
    It would seem that The Cameronians were known as James Ferguson's Regiment of Foot?
    He was Colonel of the Cameronian Regiment from 25 August 1693 until his death.
    James FERGUSON, b. 28 Sep 1672 (16502), William of Badifurrow's third son, entered the army when very young and having signalized himself in a special manner was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
    He possessed the lands Balmakelly and Kirktonhill in Kincardineshire, which were sold in 1724, and bought Kinmundy in Buchan.
    Married 1st Helen Drummond by whom he had son James and daughter Elizabeth, who died unmarried. His second wife [m. abt 1704 at Bois-le-Duc?] was Hester Elizabeth Hibelet by who he had a daughter, Anna Elizabeth.
    "Helen Drummond, m. to Colonel James Ferguson of Balmakelly (he m. secondly to Hester Elizabeth Hibelet, indweller in Bois-le-duc, and d. suddenly while commanding the garrison at Bois-le-duc in 1705) and had issue." (However the 'issue' are not named.)
    The Cameronians Museum holds a copy and the original of the Commission of Colonel James Ferguson, Commander of the brigade at Blenheim (1704).
    (Cameronians Museum: 01698 452 179.)
    His Grace [The Duke of Marlborough] having caused the whole army to halt, sent eleven battalions of the left wing to join the nine battalions already detached under Major-Gen. Wilkes near the Danube. The whole twenty were to be commanded by Lord Cutts, and under him were Majors-Gen. Wilkes and St. Paul, and Brigs.-Gen. Ferguson, Rowe, and Hulsen; and Major-Gen. Wood and Brig.-Gen. Ross were ordered with fifteen squadrons of dragoons to sustain them. 
    These twenty battalions and fifteen squadrons formed thus a ninth column of the army upon the left of all by itself next the Danube, and Lord Cutts had orders with these troops to attack the village of Blenheim, which was contiguous to that river.
    (The Battle of Blenheim by Dr. Hare)
    See: ?Two Scottish Soldiers - a Soldier of 1688 and Blenheim; a soldier of the American Revolution, and a Jacobite Laird and his Forbears.?
    by James Ferguson (Aberdeen 1888). Has a portrait in it, but of which soldier?
    ?Mr Ferguson, FRS, of Kinmundy, has published a short biography of Major-general James Ferguson, from family sources (with portrait)?
    Notes at Cameronian Museum suggest he died 30/9/1705, and was succeeded as Colonel of the regt by Borthwick on 14/10/1705, which is often given as his death date.
    FERGUSON, Brig Gen James, of Balmalellie -1705
    3rd s/o Wm F of Badifurrow, co Aberdeen.
    Col 26th 25/8/1693- 24/10/1705 [Note against death date - Dalton]
    Appointed Lt Col 1/8/1692 after Steinkirk, from major in Scots Bde.
    A good and capable office, of whom Marlborough thoght highly. Had he not died suddenly, he would have been promoted.
    At Steinkirk and Landen [?].
    Brig Gen 1/1/1704 (9/9/1703 Dalton)
    Bde Cdr at Blenheim.
    d Brabant 13/9/1705 (14/10/05 Dalton) 24/10/05 = date Brothwick succeeded.
    12.6.1677 QM to Macdonells in Scots Bde
    1.4.88 Capt
    With Lauder?s regt to Engl at Revolution. [Glorious Revolution 1688, presumably]
    At Killiecrankie, major aft the battle. Cmd?d the caprt [captured] rebels in Highlands 1690*. Lt Col Munro?s 1.8.92
    Biog in J Ferguson, Two Scottish Soldiers, Aberdeen 1888.
    d at Bois-le-duc 22/1/1705, b?d in St John?s Ch there.
    -Dalton V Pt II p4, n 12
    * the 40+ men captured in 1690, were liberated following being taken prisoner.
    The Regiment [the Cameronians] was formed in one day, 14 May 1689, 'without beat of drum'. They mustered on the holm, on the banks of the Douglas Water in South Lanarkshire. Their first Commanding Officer was William Cleland whilst their Colonel was the 19 year old Earl of Angus, son of the Marquis of Douglas. Index card
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  • Change Date: 1 APR 2013

    Father: William Ferguson b: 1614?
    Mother: Janet Clark or Black b: 1618?

    Marriage 1 Helen Drummond
    • Married:
    1. Has Children James ?Old Bomy? Ferguson b: 1696

    1. Text: Cameronian Museum
      Aileen Anderson
      Assistant Museums Officer
      South Lanarkshire Council
      116 Cadzow Street
      ML3 6HP
      01698 452178
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: English Army Lists and Commission Registers, 1661-1714
      Date: 1892-1904, reprinted 1960
    3. Text: Duncan Ferguson
      Fegus(s)on Society
      0141 942 1076
    4. Text: Ferguson of Inverurie, Pitfour, Kinmundy & Daviot.
      2006 Fergus(s)on DNA Project
    5. Type: Book
      Periodical: Landed Families of Perthshire
      Author: Gordon MacGregor
      Publication: Perthshire Heritage Publishing
      Date: 2003
    6. Text: The Drummonds of Drummonderinoch, Comrie, Perthshire.
      Ryk Brown. Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada
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