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John Pitcairn

  • Birth 28 Dec 1722 Dysart, Fife, Scotland
  • Death 17 Jun 1775 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Plot Crypt 20
  • Memorial ID 7810814

British Revolutionary War Marine Officer. He was second in command of the expedition to find and destroy military stores hidden in Concord, Massachusetts, on April 18/19, 1775. This expedition met and exchanged fire with American militia at Lexington Green and later at the North Bridge in Concord, thus starting the American Revolution. At the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, he was fatally wounded while bravely leading the Marines on a charge to take the American redoubt. He was buried under Old North Church in Boston. After the war, his widow requested that his body be shipped back to London for burial. However, the wrong body was sent and so the Major remains below Old North Church.

Bio by: Eric Thomsen

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Fatally wounded
While rallying the Royal Marines
At the Battle of Bunker Hill
Was carried from the field to the boats
On the back of his son
Who kissed him and returned to duty.
He died June 17, 1775 and his body
Was interred beneath this church.





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  • Originally Created by: Eric Thomsen
  • Added: 31 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7810814
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Pitcairn (28 Dec 1722–17 Jun 1775), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7810814, citing Christ Church Cemetery, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .