Aspinall-Oglander, Cecil.


The Hogarth Press, 1st ed., 1956. Ix + 309 pp., frontis., + 3 plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Bookplate ; a little edge-wear to d.j., o/w V.G. This is the biography of Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch, a Scottish soldier who in 1794 raised the 90th Regiment of Foot (the Perthshire Regiment) and served with it in Minorca (1798). He besieged Valetta in 1800 then became famous during the Peninsular War where he was aide-de-camp to Sir John Moore at Corunna in 1809 and fought at Walchern. In 1811 he defeated the French at Barrosa, fought at Ciudad Rodrigo in 1812, at Badajoz and Salamanca and commanded the left wing at Vitoria (1813). He also captured Tolosa and San Sebastian. In Holland he conquered Merxem but failed to storm Bergen-op-Zoom. In 1817 he founded the Senior United Service Club. Alongside his military exploits we also read about Graham’s close association with Nelson and Emma Hamilton at Naples and Palermo, about how he was by Sir John Moore’s side when he was mortally wounded at Corunna, as well as many entertaining extracts from his correspondence with the Duke of York, who opposed for years Graham’s ambition to get a regular commission.

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