Lt.-Col. Hon. John Maitland

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About Lt.-Col. Hon. John Maitland

Photo: historic marker located in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Ga.

Lieutenant-Colonel John Maitland (1732 – 25 October 1779) was a British military officer who was the tenth son of Charles Maitland, 6th Earl of Lauderdale and Lady Elizabeth Ogilvie. He served as an officer of the Royal Marines before transferring as Lieutenant Colonel to the 71st Regiment of Foot, Fraser's Highlanders in 1778. He had lost a hand while fighting in the East Indies.

During the American Revolutionary War, Maitland commanded the 2nd Light Infantry Battalion at the Battle of Brandywine and the British redoubt at the Battle of Stono Ferry.

Maitland also helped lift the Siege of Savannah. He died of a fever shortly after the siege was lifted.

From historic marker located in Colonial Park Cemetery, Savannah, Ga.:

Lt. Col. John Maitland of Lauder, Scotland, son of the 6th Earl of Lauderdale, won wide acclaim for his feat in bringing 800 Highlanders and Hessian troops by water from Beaufort to Savannah in Sept. 1779, under the eyes of the French fleet. The timely arrival of these reinforcements enabled Gen. Prevost to defend Savannah against the besieging French and American forces.

Maitland died at Savannah on October 26, 1779, shortly after the siege was raised. The British hero was buried in the vault of the Royalist Lieutenant Governor, John Graham. Col. Maitland´s remains were, apparently, removed later to another burial place.

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