Thomas Makdougall-Brisbane (1773 - 1860)

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Birthplace: Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
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"Major-General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, 1st Baronet GCH, GCB, FRS, FRSE (23 July 1773 – 27 January 1860) was Governor of New South Wales (1821–25), as recommended by the Duke of Wellington, with whom he had seen military service.

A keen astronomer, he built Australia's first observatory and encouraged scientific and agricultural training. But jealous rivals smeared his reputation, in league with the Colonial Secretary, Goulburn, and he had to defend his conduct, though an inquest cleared him. A new convict settlement was named after him, and became today's city of Brisbane.

Brisbane was born at Brisbane House in Noddsdale, near Largs in Ayrshire, Scotland, the son of Sir Thomas Brisbane and Dame Eleanora Brisbane. He was educated in astronomy and mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. He joined the British Army the 38th (1st Staffordshire) Regiment of Foot in 1789 and had a distinguished career in Flanders, the West Indies, Spain and North America. He served under the Duke of Wellington, and in 1813 he was promoted to Major-General. He saw much action during the Peninsular War, including leading a brigade in the 3rd Division that broke through at Battle of Vitoria. He continued as a brigade leader in the War of 1812, where in 1814 he led a brigade at the Battle of Plattsburgh, which Brisbane claimed they could have won if they had been allowed to launch a full infantry attack. During the battle, he used the Charles C. Platt Homestead as his headquarters. For his services in the Peninsula, Brisbane received the Army Gold Cross with one clasp for the battles of Vitoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthez, and Toulouse; and the silver war medal with one clasp for the Nive.

In November 1819 he married Anna Maria Hay..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Thomas Brisbane', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 December 2012, 07:57 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Thomas_Brisbane&oldid=530264451> [accessed 1 February 2013]

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Sir Thomas Makdougall-Brisbane, 1st Baronet's Timeline

1773
July 23, 1773
Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
1860
January 27, 1860
Age 86
Largs, Ayrshire, Scotland
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