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James Abercromby (1706–1781) by unknown artist © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abercromby, James (1706–1781), army officer and politician, was born in Glassaugh, Banffshire, the son of Alexander Abercromby (1677–1728), laird of Glassaugh, politician and army officer, and his wife, Helen Meldrum. With his father's assistance he became commissioner of supply and justice of the peace in ...

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H. M. Stephens

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Abercromby, Sir John (1772–1817), army officer, was the second son of the famous General Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734–1801) and his wife, Mary Anne (d. 1821), daughter of Captain John Menzies. His brothers included James Abercromby and Alexander Abercromby. He was born on 2 April 1772 at ...

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H. M. Stephens

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Acland, Sir Wroth Palmer (1770–1816), army officer, was the son of Arthur Palmer Acland of Fairfield, and nephew of Sir Thomas Acland bt. He entered the army in 1787 as ensign in the 17th regiment, becoming a lieutenant in 1790 and captain in 1791 before being placed on half pay until the outbreak of war with ...

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Ainslie, George Robert (1776–1839), army officer and numismatist, was born near Edinburgh, the eldest son of Sir Philip Ainslie and his wife, the Hon. Elizabeth Gray, fifth daughter of John, twelfth Lord Gray. He entered the army as an ensign in the 19th regiment...

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H. M. Stephens

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Airey, Sir George (1761–1833), army officer, entered the army as ensign in the 91st regiment in 1779, and was promoted lieutenant in 1781; on 2 January 1782 he transferred to the 48th regiment, and went with it to the West Indies. Airey was almost certainly attracted to this unappealing station by the prospect of better pay, and he inadvertently laid the foundation for his future advancement through his perceptive observation of the military features of the islands....

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Richard Garnett

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André, John (1750–1780), army officer and spy, was born in London on 2 May 1750, the eldest son of Anthony André (1717–1769), a Genevese merchant settled in the city, and Marie Louise Girardot (1721?–1813). He had at least one brother and sister. He was educated at home and possibly at ...

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John André (1750–1780) by John Keyse Sherwin, 1781 (after self-portrait, 1780) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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H. M. Stephens

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Anstruther, Robert (1768–1809), army officer, was the eldest son of Sir Robert Anstruther, third baronet (1733–1818), and Lady Janet Erskine (d. 14 Oct 1770), youngest daughter of the fifth earl of Kellie. He was born on 3 March 1768. Educated at Westminster School...

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A. J. Arbuthnot

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Arbuthnot, Sir Robert (1773–1853), army officer, was the fourth son of John Arbuthnot (1729–1797) of Rockfleet, co. Mayo, inspector-general of the linen board, and his wife, Anne (d. 1782), the only daughter of Richard Stone, banker, of London, and niece of George Stone...

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A. J. Arbuthnot

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Arbuthnot, Sir Thomas (1776–1849), army officer, was the fifth son of John Arbuthnot (1729–1797) of Rockfleet, co. Mayo, inspector-general of the linen board, and his wife, Anne (d. 1782), the only daughter of Richard Stone, a London banker. Charles Arbuthnot and Sir Robert Arbuthnot...

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Asgill, Sir Charles, second baronet (1762–1823), army officer, was born on 6 April 1762 and baptized at St Swithin London Stone on 3 May 1762, the only son of Sir Charles Asgill, first baronet (d. 1788), and his second wife, daughter of ...

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A. S. Bolton

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Ashworth, Sir Charles (d. 1832), army officer, was appointed ensign in the 68th foot in 1798, and promoted lieutenant in 1799. He became a captain in the 55th foot in 1801. He was promoted major in the 6th West India regiment in 1808, and transferred in the same year to the ...

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H. M. Stephens

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Baker, Sir William Erskine (1808–1881), army officer and engineer, was the fourth son of Captain Joseph Baker RN, and was born on 29 November 1808 at Leith. He was educated at Ludlow and at Addiscombe College (1825–6), and after attending an extended engineering course while a cadet he went out to ...

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A. S. Bolton

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Barclay, Robert (1774–1811), army officer, entered the army as an ensign in the 38th regiment on 28 October 1789, and embarked with it for the East Indies, where he distinguished himself in most of the actions fought there in 1793. He was promoted lieutenant on 31 May 1793, and captain on 8 April 1795. Taken prisoner by the enemy, he suffered much in captivity, and in 1796 he returned to ...

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H. M. Chichester

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Barrallier, Francis Louis (1773–1853), army officer and surveyor, was the son of a French surveyor, who after the capture of Toulon in 1793 was employed by the British. Barrallier was permitted to go to New South Wales with the new governor, Captain P. G. King RN...