Jeremy Lister – British Military Personnel


Ensign Jeremy Lister (1752–1836) was a British officer in the 10th Regiment of Foot during the early days of the American Revolution. His journal was later published as Concord fight: Being so much of the narrative of Ensign Jeremy Lister of the 10th Regiment of Foot as pertains to his services on 19 April 1775.

Lister was born at Shibden Hall, England in 1752. In 1770 Lister was commissioned an ensign with the 10th Regiment of Foot in England and sailed for Canada. After being stationed at Fort Niagara in America he saw action at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. He was wounded in the elbow on the return leg of the expedition to Concord and North Bridge. On 17 February 1781 Lister was promoted to Captain. He stayed with the 10th until 1783. He sold his commission and settled in Market Weighton and later at Halifax in Western Yorkshire. He died at the family estate Shibden Hall in 1836.

Jeremy and his future wife, Rebecca Battle (d.1817), had a daughter Anne Lister (1791-1840), who in the early 19th Century wrote an extensive diary, preserved in 26 volumes of her daily life, travels and lesbian loves at West Yorkshire Archives in Halifax.