From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Lt Col WilliamChalmers - 4th February 1818.

 

LIEUT. COLONEL WILLIAM CHALMERS, RESIDING IN DUNDEE, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS IN RIGHT OF THE DECEASED WILLIAM CHALMERS, ESQr., TOWN CLERK, BURGESS OF DUNDEE, His FATHER.

WILLIAM CHALMERS, the father of COLONEL CHALMERS, was born in 1742, and when thirty years of age he was appointed successor to ROBERT SPEID, writer in Dundee, as Town Clerk, which office he held for forty five years. He died on 2nd August, 1817, in his seventy fifth year. Mrs CHALMERS was descended from ANDREW WARDROPER, who was Provost of Dundee in 1738 and 1750. Their son, whose name is here enrolled, was born in Dundee within his father's house at the north east corner of Castle Street, in 1785. When only eighteen years of age he entered the army, and his fearless bravery soon gained him distinction. He was engaged in active service throughout the whole of the Peninsular War, and as his courage had attracted the notice of the DUKE OF WELLINGTON, he was raised to the position of aide de camp, and frequently employed upon dangerous missions.

On the memorable 18th of June, 1815, he was stationed at Antwerp as aide de camp to his cousin, GENERAL MACKENZIE, and hearing the cannonading at Waterloo, he asked leave to join the troops then in action as a volunteer. He arrived at the scene of conflict and offered his services to his former commander, the DUKE OF WELLINGTON, and was at once appointed to the command of a regiment which had suffered severely in the engagement. His conduct during the battle fully justified this appointment, and when he retired after the peace of 1815 he held the rank of Lieut. Colonel, by which title he is designated in the Burgess Roll. For the remainder of his life he resided principally at his estate of Glenericht, in Perthshire, and was not again employed on active duty.

His military services were acknowledged in 1844 by his receiving the honour of Knighthood as Commander of the Bath and Knight Commander of the Hanoverian Guelphic Order. In October, 1853, he was gazetted Colonel of the 78th (Rossshire) Highlanders, vacant by the death of SIR NEIL DOUGLAS; and in June of the following year he was promoted to the brevet rank of Lieut. General. He died on 21st June, 1860, having reached his seventy fifth year.