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Court Martial of 1st Lieut. James Rouse of the Strabane Volunteers, Co. Tyrone, 1783
Extracted from the Dublin Evening Post, November 27, 1783

Transcribed, Compiled and Submitted by Len Swindley, Melbourne, Australia

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A Court Martial was held at Strabane, on the 11th of October last, by order of COL. JAMES STEWART, to take into consideration a charge brought against JAMES ROUSE, 1st Lieutenant of the Strabane Volunteers, by THOMAS HAMILTON, an honorary member of said Corps.

JAMES HAMILTON, major of the Strabane Battalion, president; ARCHIBALD ARMSTRONG, captain 1st Donagheady Rangers; JAMES ORR, lieutenant of the Urney Volunteers; ROB. McCREA, 1st Lieutenant of the Donaghedy Rangers; JAS. ORR, JUN., lieutenant of the Strabane Rangers; JOHN CUMMIN, lieutenant of the Leck Volunteers ROBERT COCHRAN, lieutenant of the Strabane Volunteers; SAMUEL SINCLAIR, lieutenant of the Urney Volunteers; WALTER McCREA, lieutenant of the Donaghedy Rangers.

WILLIAM ROSS, Judge Advocate

[The Judgement]

The Court having taken into consideration the evidence for and against the prisoner, LIEUTENANT JAMES ROUSE, are unanimously of the opinion, That he is not guilty on the first part of the charge, viz.: - with having behaved, respecting the prosecutor, MR. THOMAS HAMILTON, in a manner unbecoming a soldier, and subversive of military order and discipline

They are also unanimously of opinion, That he is guilty on the second part, viz. – of having acted in direct violation of a rule made at a Meeting of the Barony of Strabane Battalion, the 20th December, 1779, and that he shall be reprimanded at the head of the Battalion, at their next Meeting.

The above sentence was on Friday, the 14th inst. put into execution accordingly.

I formerly requested the Public to suspend their opinion, respecting the affair which obliged me to demand the above court-martial; - they are now to judge how far I merited the treatment I received. And as to the Officers and Privates of the Company, I leave them to their own opinions on this occasion.

THO. HAMILTON, Strabane, Nov 16, 1783

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