33rd Regiment of Foot (1797-1811)

Lawrence is promoted into the 33rd Regiment of foot on 15th November 1797.

The muster rolls do not necessarily coincide with the location of the person, they only indicate where the register was compiled, occasionally a specific other location is mentioned and this is noted where it occurs

Muster rolls 1797-1801 1 2

Lieutenant (Promoted 15th November 1797)

DateLocation [ref see below]Description
Nov 1797Madras Joins the Regiment as Lieutenant from the 33rd, exchanging with Lieutenant William Fennel 3 4
Jul 1798Arcot
Feb 1799Vellore
Jan 1800SeringapatumLawrence on leave
Jun 1800SeringapatumLawrence on leave
Jan 1801Seringapatum
Dec 1801At Camp near French Border / VelloreLawrence present
Mar 1802At Camp near French Border / VelloreLawrence present
Jan 1803SeringapatumLawrence present
Feb 1804Vellore
Jun 1804SeringapatumLawrence on command
Apr 1805VelloreJohn Orroks letters “we received orders to march for Gootz 250 miles farther in the Interior of the Peninsula”
May 1805GootzJohn Orroks letters arrived on 24 May
Jun 1805BellaryJohn Orroks letters arrived around 7th June (60 miles from Gootz), both halves of the Regiment now together
Jul 1805BellaryJohn Orroks letters on 1 July march for Hydrabad (250 miles away)
Aug 1805HydrabadJohn Orroks letters The 33rd were ordered to march to the Frontier’s of the Mahratta Country (400 miles away)
Oct 1806Assaye John Orroks letters 7th October the 33rd “arrived at the Camp of the Grand Army after a very long march of upwards of 900 miles from Vellore. We passed by the ground at Assaye .. an encamped there. Since then we have been marching all of the Mahratta Country. “
Jan 1806BurhampourJohn Orroks letters 33rd begin “the march back to Hydrabad and bid adieu to the Mahratta Country”

Muster Roles 1808-1811 5 6 7

Captain (Promoted 23 Dec 1806)

The entry, General Court Martial at Bangalore was the end point of the mutiny by British Officers of the Madras (East India Company) regiment, for equal pay and conditions to those in the Bengal Regiments.8

DateLocationDescription
May 1808Hydrabad Lawrence present
Oct 1808HydrabadLawrence on leave to the Presidency (Madras)
Dec 1808HydrabadLawrence present
Jun 1809HydrabadLawrence on duty
Aug 1809HydrabadLawrence Sick Present
Oct 1809HydrabadLawrence on duty
Apr 1810JurchillaLawrence Sick Present
May 1810WurrubeaudahLawrence Sick Present
Jun 1810Bangalore Lawrence Sick Present
Jul 1810BangaloreLawrence is member of a General Court Martial at Bangalore
Oct 1810BangaloreLawrence is member of a General Court Martial at Bangalore
Nov 1810SeringapatumLawrence present
Jan 1811Seringapatum Lawrence Sick present
Mar 1811SeringapatumLawrence present
May 1811VelloreLawrence Sick present
Jun 1811Fort St George, MadrasLawrence present

On 26 August 1811 he exchanges with Captain Colclough and moves to the 56th Regiment of Foot 9


Locations of the 33rd Regiment 10

DateLocation
1797Madras
1798Calcutta
1799Seringapatam [April/May], Madras, Malavelly
1800Seringapatam
1802Mysore
1804Allighur, Capture of Deeg, Delhi, Leswaree
1805Vellore
1806Hyderabad, North West Frontier
1810Isle de France, Mauritius
1811Bangalore

  1. Commissary General of Musters Office and successors: General Muster Books and Pay Lists: 33rd Foot 1st Battalion (1791-1804). 1804. The National Archives, Kew, WO 12/4804  ↩︎
  2. Orrok, John. Letters of John Orrok. Milne & Hutchison, 1927 ↩︎
  3. The National Archive PRO/WO12/4802 ↩︎
  4. 33rd Regiment: Lieutenant Lawrence O’Hara, from the 52d Foot Vice Fennell, Who Exchanges.” The London Gazette, no. 15108, Feb. 1799, p. 162, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/15108/page/162. ↩︎
  5. Commissary General of Musters Office and successors: General Muster Books and Pay Lists: 33rd Foot 1st Battalion (1805-1809). 1809. The National Archives, Kew, WO 12/4805 ↩︎
  6. Commissary General of Musters Office and successors: General Muster Books and Pay Lists: 33rd Foot 1st Battalion (1810). 1810. The National Archives, Kew, WO 12/4806 ↩︎
  7. Commissary General of Musters Office and successors: General Muster Books and Pay Lists: 33rd Foot 1st Battalion (1811). 1811. The National Archives, Kew, WO 12/4807 ↩︎
  8. Cardew, A. G. (1929). The White Mutiny: A Forgotten Episode in the History of the Indian Army. Constable. ↩︎
  9. “33rd Regiment: Captain G. Colclough, from the 56th Foot, to Be Captain of a Company, Vice O’Hara, Who Exchanges.” The London Gazette, no. 16581, July 1812, p. 451, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/16581/page/451. ↩︎
  10. Kitzmiller, John M., 1953. In Search of the “Forlorn Hope” : A Comprehensive Guide to Locating British Regiments and Their Records (1640-WWI). Manuscript Pub. Foundation, 1988 ↩︎