A facsimile of Walter Ferguson’s service record with the 72nd Regiment of Foot. The blue lettering represents handwritten entries. Above is a facsimile of Walter Ferguson’s service record with the 72nd Regiment of Foot taken from the original. The blue lettering represents handwritten entries. A handwritten note in the left margin reads:

The said Walter Ferguson [transferred] from the Elgin Fencibles
in which Corps he Enlisted at Cumnock in the County of Ayr.

We can construct a timeline for Walter’s army service by combining the information from the service record above with historical information from written sources of the time, in particular, the 72-page book wordily entitled “Historical Record of the Seventy-Second Regiment or, the Duke of Albany’s Own Highlanders: containing an account of the formation of the Regiment in 1778, and of its subsequent services to 1848” :