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KENT, Edward Augustus, Duke of, British soldier, born 2 November, 1767; died 23 January, 1820. He was the fourth son of King George III., and father of Queen Victoria. He studied at Gottingen and Geneva, and entered the army in 1790. Three years later he served under Sir Charles Grey in the attack on the French West India islands, and in compliment to him the name of Fort Royal in Martinique was changed to Fort Edward. In 1796 he was appointed governor of Nova Scotia, created Duke of Kent and Strathearne and Earl of Dublin, with a seat in the house of lords, and was appointed commander-in-chief of the British forces in North America. The island of St. John changed its name in his honor to Prince Edward island. In 1802 he became governor of Gibraltar" but his rigid discipline produced a mutiny, and he was recalled On 20 May, 1818, he married the Princess Maria Louisa Victoria, widow of the Prince of Leiningen, and daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Coburg. Queen Victoria was the only child of this union.
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