One of the few tombs to still have a legible inscription was for two children from the Royal Regiment which was stationed in the
West Indies in the 1820s & 1830s.
To the memory of To the memory of
Henry R. CORSBIE Alicia
Son of Serjt Henry and the beloved daughter
Margaret CORSBIE of the of Serjt Hugh BRENAN
Royal Regt. Born 9 May and Celia his wife of
10 May 1832 the Royal Regiment
aged 6 years & 1 day who departed this life
Hast thou ere seen a Mother Job 121
weep The Lord gave and the
While bending oer her Lord hath taken away
infants tomb Blessed be the Name of
she mourns the everlasting the Lord
Which calls her ofspring
to its home
Henry Corsbie had been born in
in 1793 and had enlisted with the 1st. Regiment of Foot at Kensington at the tender age of 14. He was promoted to Corporal when he was 33 and Sergeant at the age of 37. Corsbie finally left the military in January Edinburgh 1836 in at which time he was suffering from catarrh and biliary attacks. He had seen service in Dublin , Holland, America and finally served for ten years in the France West Indies. Corsbie was described as being 5ft. 6 ¼ ins tall with fair hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion.
There is little information available for Hugh Brenan but the Military Chaplain’s returns of births does record the birth of an Elizabeth Brenan in
Tobago in 1831 and this could well have been another of Hugh and Celia’s children.
The Sergeants and their wives would be proud to know that the inscription to their children can still be read some 180 years later. Unfortunately the only way to have been able to take a good photo would have been to clamber up on top of the tomb and I was reluctant to do that – so a sideways shot will have to suffice.