Hastings Mc Allister was born on the 22nd. May 1827, the son of Robert and Catherine Mc Allister. He was born at sea on the ship "Warren Hastings". Robert was a soldier serving in the 30th Foot Regiment which was en route to India at the time.
On the 17th. August 1847 at the age of 20 years 3 months, Hastings enlisted in the 4th Regiment Light Dragoons, but transfered to the 30th Regiment on 1st March 1850. On enlistment he was described as being "5 foot 8 inches tall with brown hair and hazel eyes". He was promoted to Corporal 21st July 1851 and Sergeant 1st July 1854. He served abroad for a total of nine months, four months in Malta and five in the Crimea.
He was severely wounded at Sevastopol during the assault on the Great Redan on the 8th September 1855, as a result of which he was invalided and discharged as being unfit for further duty. He had served a total of 8 years and 185 days.
He was awarded the Crimea Medal, the Turkish Crimea Medal, the French War Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. After discharge he served as a 1st Class Military Clerk in the Ordnance Department. He married Thomasina McFadden in St.Thomas' Church Dublin on 12th February 1861. He was later appointed Staff Sergeant Major in Kilmainham Military Hospital where he died on the 16th September 1894 aged 67 years 4 months.
Descended from Hastings were: Catherine, b. 5th February 1862, Warren Hastings, b. 3rd October 1863, Robert Tennent, b. 16th February 1865, Florence, b. 20th June 1866, James, b. 24th December 1867 and Omer Portelle, b. 19th March 1871.