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Authorised form of nameWellesley; Arthur (1769 - 1852); 1st Duke of Wellington
SurnameWellesley
ForenamesArthur
Dates1769 - 1852
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
24 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin, Ireland (29 April 1769)
Death:
Walmer Castle, Kent (14 September 1852)
Burial:
Beside Lord Nelson, St Paul's Cathedral, London
ActivityEducation:
Eton; Brussels; Angers Military Academy
Career:
Entered the British Army; Lieutenant of Foot (1787); Lieutenant Colonel (1793-1806); commanded the 33rd Foot in India (1797-1804); Colonel (1806-1813); MP for Rye; Irish Secretary (1807); Lieutenant General (1808); Commander in Chief, Peninsular War (1809); Field Marshal (1813); received a grant of £400,000 from Parliament (1814); commanded British troops at Waterloo (1815); Commander in Chief, joint army of occupation, France; returned to England (1818); Master General of the Ordnance; Prime Minister (1828-1830 and 1834); organised the army against the Chartists, London (1848); buried in state
Honours:
KB 1804; Baron & Viscount Wellington 1809; Earl 1812; Marquess 1812; KG 1813; Duke 1814
Memberships:
Athenaeum (Founder member 1824)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
25/11/1847
RelationshipsSon of Garret, 1st Earl of Mornington and his wife Anne, daughter of Arthur Hill, 1st Viscount Dungannon; married (10 April 1806) Catherine Sarah Dorothea, daughter of Edward Michael Pakenham, 2nd Baron Longford
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Notes:
Date of birth given by his mother as 01 May 1769 and by his nurse as 06 March 1769 at Dangan Castle, County Meath; May edition of 'Exshaw's Gentleman's Magazine' gives 29 April 1769. Christened at St Peter's Church, Dublin, 30 April 1769 (church Registry). The Dublin Gazette (24 May 1769) gives birthplace as Merrion Street.
References:
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 1. 1731-1847' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 307-332
Royal Society codeNA6604
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MS/426/307Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Duke of Wellington [Arthur Wellesley]14 January 1848
MS/426/473Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to the Duke of Norfolk [Henry Charles Howard]29 October 1852
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