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Captain James Keating, R.A.

Here stood the residence of Captain Keating. Born about 1786 in Wexford, Ireland, he joined the Royal Artillery and was present at the capture of Detroit, 1812, and the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, 1813. At Prairie du Chien in 1814, his skilful use of the single British cannon forced the surrender of Fort Shelby’s American garrison. Appointed Fort Adjutant at St. Joseph’s Island in 1815, he later served on Drummond Island, and with its garrison was transferred to Penetanguishene in 1828. As the first Adjutant of this military establishment, he played a leading role in the community until his death in 1849.

Location

On the grounds of the Historic Naval and Military Establishment, Church Street, Penetanguishene

Region: Central Ontario

County/District: County of Simcoe

Municipality: Town of Penetanguishene

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