A Collection of Medals to the Black Watch

Date of Auction: 25th June 2014

Sold for £3,500

Estimate: £2,800 - £3,200

Pair: Private James Gearns, 42nd Royal Highlanders, who was wounded at Quatre Bras

Military General Service 1793-1814, 5 clasps, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, Toulouse (Jas. Gearns, 42nd Foot.); Waterloo 1815 (James Gearns, 42nd or R.H. Reg. Infantry) fitted with original steel clip and ring suspension, two letters of name corrected on the last, otherwise nearly very fine (2) £2800-3200


Ex Colonel Murray Collection.

James Gearns/Gairns was born at Berwick-on-Tweed on 27 November 1790. He enlisted into the 2nd Battalion, 42nd Foot on 13 September 1811, and transferred to the 1st Battalion in March 1813. He served in Captain & Lieutenant-Colonel John Campbell’s Company at Waterloo and was wounded in the knee at Quatre Bras. He was discharged to Chelsea pension at Edinburgh on 11 May 1816, in consequence of ‘wound in the knee and stiff joint received in action with the enemy on the sixteenth day of June 1815 (Quatre Bras).’ He died at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 17 November 1860. Sold with research including copied discharge papers.