Rawdon, Francis ___ 1754-1826 ___ British ___ soldier, diplomat

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Born in County Down, Northern Ireland, the second of six children of John Rawdon, Earl of Moira, and Baroness Hastings, Francis Rawdon became the second earl of Moira and the first Marquess of Hastings. He studied at Harrow and University College, Oxford, and then became a soldier serving in the US during the War of Independence and in Flanders. In 1803, he was appointed commander-in-chief in Scotland, and, then in 1806, master-general of the ordnance. Later, he went to India as Governor-General of Bengal and served as commander-in-chief from 1813 to 1823. He played an important part in the Gurkha War, and, in general, is credited with consolidating British rule and extending the frontiers of British India. In 1823, Lord Hastings was appointed Governor of Malta. His diary was edited by one of his daughters, for whom, in part, it was written. It was first published in 1858.
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Wikipedia bio

DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1794-1795 1813-1818 ___ military travel family horses Holland India

WEB TEXT LINKS
some citations
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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
Duke University: William R Perkins Library - 1813-1814
Mount Stuart Trust Archive

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
Private Journal of the Marquess of Hastings
 

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