Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer, 5th Baron Aylmer, GCB
Son of Henry Aylmer, 4th Lord Alymer of Balrath and Catharine Whitworth
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About Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer, 5th Baron Aylmer, GCB
General Sir Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer, 5th Lord Aylmer (1775-1850) was born on 24 May 1775 the son of Sir Henry Aylmer, 4th Lord Aylmer and Catharine Whitworth. He married Louisa Anne Call, daughter of Sir John Call, 1st Bt. and Philadelphia Batty, on 4 August 1801. He died on 23 February 1850 at age 74 at 15 Eaton Square, London, England, suddenly from an aneurism of the heart, without issue. He was buried on 2 March 1850 at Norwood Cemetery, Norwood, Surrey, England.
- He was given the name of Matthew Aylmer at birth.
- He succeeded to the title of 5th Lord Aylmer, Baron of Balrath, co. Meath [I., 1718] on 22 October 1785. * He succeeded to the title of 8th Baronet Aylmer, of Balrath, co. Meath [I., 1662] on 22 October 1785.
- He gained the rank of officer in 1787 in the service of the British Army.
- In 1798 he was in a French prison for 6 months.1 On 1 August 1800 he obtained an annuity of £600 for life.
- He held the office of Aide-de-Camp to the King between 1810 and 1813.
- He fought in the Peninsular Wars.1 He gained the rank of Major-General in 1813.
- He held the office of Adjutant-General of Ireland between 1814 and 1823.1 He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) on 2 January 1815.
- He gained the rank of Lieutenant-General in 1825.
- In 1825 his name was legally changed to Matthew Whitworth-Aylmer by Royal Licence, on the death of his uncle, 1st Earl of Whitworth.
- He was Colonel of the 56th Foot between 1827 and 1832.
- He held the office of Governor-General of Canada between 1830 and 1835.
- He was Colonel of the 18th Foot between 1832 and 1850.
- He was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath (G.C.B.) on 10 September 1836.
- He gained the rank of General on 23 November 1841.