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DALHOUSIE, George Ramsay, Earl of, Scottish general, born in 1770; died at Dalhousie castle, near Edinburgh, Scotland, 21 March 1838. He entered the British army as a cornet in the guards, raised a company, and was made captain. He was wounded at Martinique, and served in Ireland, during the rebellion of 1798, in the expedition to the Helder, at Belleisle and Minorca, and under Sir Ralph Aber-crombie in Egypt, attaining the rank of major general in 1805. He subsequently fought at the Scheldt and at Flushing, and through the Peninsular war, distinguishing himself at the battles of Vittoria and the Pyrenees. In 1815 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Ramsay. In 1816 he was sent to Nova Scotia as commander-in-chief of the forces, and after the death of the Duke of Richmond, in 1819, was appointed governor-general of British North America. During his administration efforts to affect a union of the provinces were continued, provoking the intense hostility of the French population, and ceaseless disputes took place between the executive and the assembly respecting the civil list and the crown lands. He left Canada in September 1828, and served in India as commander-in-chief, but returned to Scotland with broken health in 1832.
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