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Major General Edward Mathew

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Isle of Antigua
Death: December 22, 1805 (76)
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt.-Gen. William Matthew, of the Leeward Islands and Ann Smith
Husband of Lady Jane Mathew
Father of Jane Maitland, twin; Anne Austen, twin; Penelope Susannah Cumberland; Brownlow Bertie Mathew and Edward William Matthew
Brother of Penelope Moore; Daniel Mathew, Esq; Abednego Mathew and Ann Mathew
Half brother of Isaac Mathew and William Mathew

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About Major General Edward Mathew

Mathew, Edward, born in the Isle of Antigua, s. William, arm. (general). QUEEN'S COLL., matric. 6 july, 1744, aged 15; equerry to George III., commanded a brigade of guards in America, commander-in-chief West Indies, governor of Grenada 1784-9, colonel 62nd foot, a general in the army 1797, died 25 Dec., 1805, aged 78. See Foster's Our Noble and Gentle Families, ii [should be iv] 549.

Born in 1729, Mathew became an ensign in the Regiment of Coldstream Guards (2nd Foot Guards) in 1746.

Edward Mathew (1729 – 25 December 1805) began his military career in the British army as a commissioned officer. By the time of the American Revolutionary War he had risen to the rank of colonel. Promoted to brigadier general, he was assigned to command the elite Brigade of Guards in the American campaign. In 1776 he led the Guards at Long Island, Kip's Bay, and Fort Washington where he spearheaded one of the assault forces. In the Philadelphia Campaign, he commanded his brigade at Brandywine, Germantown, White Marsh, and Monmouth. As a major general, he took part in the highly successful Chesapeake raid on Virginia ports in 1779. He led one of the columns in action at Battle of Springfield in 1780. He commanded in the West Indes in 1782 and became a full general in 1797. His beloved daughter Anna predeceased him in 1795. Mathew is likely to have been the model for a character in one of Jane Austen's novels.

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Major General Edward Mathew's Timeline

Isle of Antigua
March 21, 1757
Age 28
London, England
March 21, 1757
Age 28
London, England
September 8, 1760
Age 31
London, England
August 10, 1762
Age 33
London, England
August 11, 1764
Age 35
London, England
December 22, 1805
Age 76