Thomas Lucas Letter

The documents published here are very rare and offer a fresh insight into events at the Battle of Blaauwberg and life in the Cape around this time.

These documents were provided by Joe Walsh, Cahir, Ireland ( He says:

"Have uncovered an interesting letter re 1806 British occupation of the Cape.
It was written by Ensign Thomas Lucas, from Cahir, Co. Tipperary in Ireland to his cousin Joshua Fennell, Ballybrado, Cahir in March 1806 and refers to the battle of Blaauwberg which he fought at 2 days after arriving at the Cape.

He transferred to the 71st (Highland) Regiment of Foot the same month and was later that year (August) killed in action in Buenos Aires."

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Click here for a transcribed version of this above letter.