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As Colonel of the 63rd Regiment, he obtained an ensigncy for Robert Dale in December 1826 (Jeffery, 1907, 1:385).
In 1756, when Pattie was twelve, his father purchased an ensigncy for him in his uncle Colonel James Murray's regiment, the 15th Foot; but it was cancelled, since, with war brewing, he was too "young & little" to be of service.
He was awarded an ensigncy for participation in the `forlorn hope' in that campaign and achieved all of his promotions `without purchase', pointing to a less than wealthy family.