Lt.-Gen. Hon. Arthur Dillon

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Arthur Dillon

Birthdate: (43)
Birthplace: Braywick, Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Death: April 13, 1794 (43)
Paris, Ile-de-France, France (guillotined during the Reign of Terror)
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Dillon, 11th Viscount Dillon and Lady Charlotte Lee
Husband of Therese-Lucy de Rothe and Marie Françoise Laure Girardin de Montgérald
Father of Henriette Lucy Dillon; Elisabeth Françoise "Fanny" Dillon and Louise Dillon
Brother of Charles, 12th Viscount Dillon of Costello-Gallin; Frances Jerningham, Lady Jerningham; Hon. Charlotte Dillon and Maj.-Gen. Henry Dillon, Hon.

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About Lt.-Gen. Hon. Arthur Dillon

Arthur Dillon (born in 1750 at Braywich, England, died at Paris, 1794) was a general in French service under the Ancien Régime and in the American and French Revolutionary Wars.

He was the son of Lady Charlotte Lee and Henry Dillon, 11th Viscount Dillon of Costello-Gallen, and cousin of Théobald Dillon (not to be confused with his brother, also named Théobald). His grandfather was general Arthur Dillon. He was the grandfather of Arthur Dillon (1834-1922), also a military officer.

At eighteen, he married his second cousin, Therese-Lucy de Rothe (1751 - 7 September 1782). They had two children: George, died at age two, and Lucie-Henriette Dillon (by marriage, Lucie-Henriette de la Tour du Pin Gouvernet), the noted memoiriste of the Revolutionary period and the Napoleonic era.

On the death of his uncle, Arthur, by inheritance, became colonel of the Dillon family's proprietary regiment. In 1778, he sailed with his regiment to the Caribbean to campaign against Britain. He served at Grenada; Savannah, Georgia (where he was promoted to brigadier); and elsewhere. After the Treaty of Paris, he became governor of Tobago. His first wife having died, he married a wealthy French Creole widow from Martinique, Marie-Françoise Laure de Girardin, the Comtesse de la Touche, by whom he had six children.

He returned to Paris to represent Martinique in the Estates-General of 1789. A democratic, reformist royalist, Dillon was guillotined during the Reign of Terror.


Compte-rendu au ministre de la guerre (Paris, 1792) ;
Exposition des principaux événements qui ont eu le plus d'influence sur la révolution française (Paris, 1792).
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Lt.-Gen. Hon. Arthur Dillon's Timeline

September 3, 1750
Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
February 25, 1770
Age 19
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Age 32
July 25, 1785
Age 34
April 13, 1794
Age 43
Paris, Ile-de-France, France