Andrew McClary (Major)
Killed at Battle of Bunker Hill.
Major Andrew McClary of Revolutionary fame, was the second son of the emigrant Andrew McClary, who came from Ulster to this country in 1726. Like all others he was the twofold product of his inheritance and environment. We find him at an early age acting as a scout and later, an officer in Roger's famous company of New Hampshire Rangers, and finally, as he gained experience and caution, the chosen and trusted leader in all local expeditions against the Indians. In intervals of peace he cleared large tracts of land, engaged in mercantile pursuits, erected a factory, and seems to have been good all round businessman.
While he possessed in full measure the true Scotch-Irish thrift, and needed plenty of elbow room, which he was able to obtain and hold, he could not be classed with the Presbyterian congregation who where described by their pastor as a people "who not only kept the ten commandments but everything else they could lay their hands on," for tradition says he was 'open handed and generous and much given to hospitality."
It is more than possible that the inn-keeper's comments on a Scotch-Irish settlement that "they were a people who would praise good whiskey and drink it, and damn bad whiskey and drink that with equal relish" may have included the major, for it cannot be denied that he was somewhat given to conviviality - thus we find record of his visiting Portsmouth, and while in an argumentative state of mind entering into discussion with six British officers, who, not being pleased with his sentiments, undertake to eject him from the room with the result of themselves being thrown through the window by this doughty patriot.
As an officer he was the idol of his troops-hail fellow well met, and yet no soldier ever refused him implicit obedience, a man who could hold his troops to posts of danger and if necessary, sacrifice their lives, but whose kind heart would give him no rest until every wounded soldier of his command was cared for and personally looked after.
"He was among the first officers of the army, possessing sound judgement, undaunted bravery, enterprising and ardent both as a patriot and as a soldier. His loss was severely felt by his compatriots in arms, while his country is deprived of the service of one of her most promising and distinguished champions of liberty."
In taking leave of brave Maj. McClary, it must be said to the shame of the present generation that while the exact spot where the body of that hero was buried is unknown, no monument has been erected to his memory.
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: The exact spot where the body of that hero was buried is unknown, no monument has been erected to his memory.
Created by: Bev
Record added: Nov 03, 2004
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