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Nicknames: "Lt. Gen. Sir James Maxwell Wallace"
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About James Maxwell Wallace

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"</strong>General Sir James Maxwell Wallace (1783–1867), K.H.</strong>, of Ainderby Hall, near Northallerton, was a British Army Officer.

James Maxwell, fifth son of John Wallace of Kelly, was born on 21 February 1783.[3] On his father's death in 1805, he succeeded to "half of his plantation of Biscany in the island of Jamaica".

He entered the British Army as a cornet, and receiving a lieutenant's commission in 1806, was promoted as captain in the following year.[5] While serving at the Cape of Good Hope as captain of the 21st Light Dragoons, he, in command of a squadron, accompanied into Brigadier-General John Graham's expedition, which, after a struggle of seven months, drove the Xhosa across the Great Fish River.

He served in the campaign of 1815, and was present at the Battle of Quatre Bras, the retreat on 17 June, and the Battle of Waterloo. On 10 June 1815, he was appointed orderly officer to assist his brigade-major, and when that officer fell at Waterloo, he was promoted as his successor. In January 1817, he was advanced as Major, and in September 1823 was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 5th Dragoon Guards (when Prince Leopold, afterwards king of the Belgians, was colonel). In 1831 he received the honour of knighthood.

When commanding the troops at Birmingham during the First Reform Bill agitation, the Riot Act was read and the troops were preparing to lire, when Sir James by a good humoured speech gained the ear of the mob, who dispersed peaceably.

Sir James was promoted as Colonel on 28 June 1838; as Major-General on 11 November 1851 ; and as General on 8 June 1863. In January 1864 he was appointed Colonel of the 17th Lancers. On 24 June 1801, he was chosen to lead the procession attendant on the ceremonial of founding the National Monument in honour of the great hero of his house. He died at his residence, Ainderby Hall, Northallerton, on 3 February 1807.

Hugh, third son of Thomas Wallace of Cairnhill, succeeded to half the plantation of Biscany in Jamaica: he died in October 1774. Having, on 16 August 1753, married Margaret White, who died 18 April 1784, he had issue four sons and two daughters.

Robert Wallace (1773–1855) was his younger brother.

General Sir James Maxwell Wallace married, first, in 1818, Eliza Maria, daughter of Parry Hodges, Esquire of Eastcourt, Wiltshire, who died without children on 4 September 1834. He married, secondly, in March 1830, Grace, daughter of John Stein, M.P. for Bletchingley, and widow of Sir Alexander Don, 6th Baronet of Newton Don. As a composer and literary writer, Lady Grace Wallace attained eminence. She died on 12 March 1878 without any children by her second marriage."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'James Maxwell Wallace', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 11 January 2013, 12:18 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_Maxwell_Wallace&oldid=532529389> [accessed 12 January 2013]

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Lt. Gen. Sir James Maxwell Wallace's Timeline

1783
February 21, 1783
1836
April 2, 1836
Age 53
Claclmannan, Scotland
1867
February 3, 1867
Age 83