Regarding the death of Captain John Tollemache who was killed in a duel with Lowther Pennington (174501818) in September 1777. Lowther was the 2nd Lord Muncaster and a brother of Joseph Pennington (1st Lieut. of the Syren) who had been killed in a duel with Lieut. David Cummings of the Marines on 18 January 1776 and buried at Cockspur Island, Savannah, Georgia. Lowther was an ensign in the Coldstream Guards (4 July 1764); Lt. & Captain in 1772; Captain & Lt-Colonel in 1778; Major-General in 1793; June 1794, Colonel of 131 Foot, called “Pennington’s Regiment”; Lt-General on 26 June 1799; Colonel of the 10th Royal Veteran Battalion in l806; Full General on 25 April 1808. He died on 29 July 1818 and was buried in the vaults of St. George’s, Hanover Square, London.
Re: Joseph Pennington. Tobias Furneaux, Captain of the Syren, informed the Military Commissioners: “I am sorry to acquaint their Lordships of the death of Lieutenant Pennington, who was shot in a Duell with Lieutenant Cummings of the Marines; Mr. Cummings is now under Confinement on board.” January 22, 1776, Syren, Savannah River.
My research was to know more about the regiments in which Lowther and Joseph served and in doing so, I came across the Company of Military Historians. If you have more information or can direct me to more on these regiments, I would appreciate it. Thanks. The Reverend Jasper Green Pennington, Archivist, Pennington Research Association, Inc., 204 Elm Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197.
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