Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe

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Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe (1763-1851)

Roger Hale was born in Boston 1763 the third son of William Sheaffe, Deputy Collector of Customs, and Susannah.

He became the protégé of the Duke of Northumberland (Earl Percy). The Duke took great interest in young Roger and sent him to sea but later transferred him to Lockes Military Academy in London. He also bought most of Roger's commissions beginning in 1778. Roger served in Montreal, Ireland, Detroit, Niagara & Quebec and attained the rank of Captain in 1795. He returned to England in 1797. In 1798 he became Junior Lt. Col serving with Senior Lt. Col Isaac Brock. They both served in New Holland in 1799. They served in the Baltic campaign in 1801 & then on to Canada in 1802 where Roger commanded a wing of the 49th Regiment at Fort George. He attained the rank of Colonel in 1808 & Major-General three years later.

In 1812 after returning from England, he was appointed to Upper Canada once again under Brock's command defending the Canadian border.

On October 13, 1812, the Americans attacked at Queenston. Brock immediately went to battle while Sheaffe was left to assemble and bring up the main body of defenders. Brock was killed as the battle was going poorly & Sheaffe took command employing a different tactic. The invaders were routed, 1000 prisoners were taken with insignificant British losses.

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My Father, Percy Hale Sheaffe, in 1997 with the coat & sword presented to Sir Roger in 1813.

On 16/1/1813, Roger Hale received the honour of a Baronetcy for his achievements. As Roger had no surviving issue at his death, the Baronetcy has become extinct. A Coat of Arms was also granted to Roger and his descendants and the descendants of his late brother, William Sheaffe of Ireland, he being the ancestor of the Sheaffes in Australia.

Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe.

In the public eye however, Brock was seen to be the victor, and to this day the Brock monument stands dominant, high above the trees on the hill at Queenston and the history is well recorded and preserved in the region.

(L-R)  Paul (Myself), Sarah, Rebekah & Jessica Sheaffe at the battle site, adjacent to the Brock Monument, in 1997.
The battle is well documented with walking trails & signs such as this, throughout the whole area,
It is said that when Winston Churchill visited Niagara Falls, upon seeing the Brock monument, he asked where the monument was for the bloke who actually won the battle, ie Roger Sheaffe, much to the embarrassment of the locals of course!
Roger served in the Upper Canada region until returning to England in 1813. He was promoted to Lt. General in 1821, General in 1835.
In Britain he lived in Penanze, Worcestor then Edinburgh where he died in 1851.

Photo: Melville St, Edinburgh, 2001
Dr M M Gilchrist 

Roger Hale Sheaffe’s home in Edinburgh: 36 Melville St. The ironwork arch over the gate originally would have held a lamp.

Photo: 36 Melville St., Edinburgh.
Dr M M Gilchrist
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Dr Gilchrist & her society, is trying to persuade various folk to get a plaque for this building, 2001 being his 150th anniversary.

Descendants of Sir Roger Hale Sheaffe

Name Birth/Baptised/Death Married Children
Roger Hale bap 17/8/1763 Trinity Church Boston
d. 17/7/1851 Edinburgh
Margaret Coffin 3 died in infancy
Julia died age 18
Agnes died age 11
Percy died age 21
None survived Roger
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