A Small Group of Rare and Important Military General Service Medals

Date of Auction: 14th April 2021

Sold for £10,000

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

The rare M.G.S. medal for ‘Chateauguay’ awarded to Captain Stephen McKay, 2nd Battalion, Select Embodied Militia of Lower Canada, later acting 1st Major in the 8th Battalion (Division of Three Rivers)

Military General Service 1793-1814, 1 clasp, Chateauguay (S. McKay, Capt. Canadn. Militia.) toned, nearly extremely fine £6,000-£8,000


Provenance: Dix Noonan Webb, February 1998.

A total of 31 M.G.S. medals with ‘Chateauguay’ clasp issued to officers of Canadian units.

Stephen McKay was the son of Samuel McKay, late Royal Americans (60th). He served with the Royal Canadian Volunteers as an Ensign from 1798 until 1802. He was promoted Captain on 25 May 1812, and served with the 2nd battalion, Select Embodied Militia of Lower Canada at Chateauguay. He was later acting 1st Major of the 8th battalion, Militia of the Three Rivers Division.