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Awkward Volunteer

When the corps of the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers was formed in 1793, a Dr Gregory entered warmly into the
spirit of the design, and was among the first to enrol himself in the ranks. He never, however, attained eminence in his military capacity. The well known Sergeant Gould used to say:

“He might he a good physician, but he was a very awkward soldier.”

At drill, he was either very absent or very inquisitive, and put so many questions, that Gould, nut of temper, often
said, “Sir, you are here to obey orders, and not to ask reasons.“

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