British Regiment


The Duke of Cumberland’s Regiment (also known as Montagu’s Corps) was raised by Governor of South Carolina Lord Charles Montagu in Charleston and Camden, South Carolina. Montagu raised 5 companies of 100 men each for service in Jamaica or elsewhere. Montagu recruited rebel prisoners. In August 1781, the regiment sailed for Jamaica and spent the war there. The second Battalion and Lord Montagu arrived in New York on 4 April 1783 to recruit for the Battalion. The Regiment was disbanded in Jamaica on 24 October 1783. Captain Gideon White’s company was allowed to settle in Nova Scotia and a number of officers and men from the disbanded regiment settled at Chedabucto, while others went to Shelburne, Nova Scotia. Montagu died soon after he arrived in Halifax and is buried at St. Paul’s Church (Halifax), Nova Scotia.