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Memorial of Ensign Hibbert Newton Binney

See Hon. Hibbert Newton Binney.

This is in the Public Archives of Nova Scotia, RG 20A, Volume 2, No. 1784-24. I found it on the website of the On-Line Institute of Advanced Loyalist Studies. I wonder if this is .Hon. Hibbert Newton Binney. In 1784 he would have been 18 years old. The American War of Independence (American Revolutionary War) ended in 1783. This is not a memorial in the modern sense, of commemorating someoneone who has died. It is more like a memo.

To His Excellency John PARR, Captain General and Governor in Chief, in and over His Majesty’s Province of Nova Scotia, and its Dependencies, Vice Admiral of the same &c. &c. &c

The Memorial of Hibbert Newton BINNEY, Ensign late R. N.S. Volunteers

Humbly Sheweth,

That your Memorialist had the Honor of Serving the King, as Ensign in your Excellency’s late Regiment, and as a Reduced Subaltern (according to his Majesty’s most gracious Instructions,) lays Claim to Five Hundred Acres of Land.

Therefore Humbly prays your Excellency, to Grant him said Five Hundred Acres of Land, at Chedebucto, and your Memorialist, as in Duty bound, will ever Pray

Hibbert Newton BINNEY


Approv’d 9th March 84


N.S. Volunteers were the Nova Scotia Volunteers. The Authorization to Raise the Regiment says

... you are to understand that neither yourself nor any other Officer, to whom you grant Commissions, are to be intitled to any Rank in His Majesty’s Army, or to any Half Pay when the Corps is reduced, it being His Majesty’s Intention that the Corps should be merely provincial for the Service of Nova Scotia only...

... Grants of Land to the Officers & Men may perhaps be some Encouragement, and facilitate the speedier Completing the Corps, and if you should find it so, His Majesty is pleased to permit and allow you to make such Grants in the Proportion reserved to Officers & private Men, by His Majesty’s Royal Proclamation of the 7th of Octr. 1763...