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LAYE, Francis, British soldier, born about 1753; died in Newcastle, England, 29 January, 1828. He was ordered to New York as a lieutenant of artillery in 1773, wounded at Bunker Hill, took part in numerous battles, and accompanied General Alexander Leslie's expedition to Virginia. He was severely wounded at Camden, under Lord Rawdon, received the special thanks of that officer for his services, and then sent home. He commanded the artillery in the West Indies in 1800, aiding in the capture of the islands by the expeditions under Sir John Duckworth and General Trigge.
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