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GLEIG, George Robert, author, born in Stifling, Scotland, 20 April, 1796. He is the son of Bishop Gleig, a Scottish theologian and man of letters. The son was educated at Glasgow and Baliol College, Oxford, joined a regiment in Cork in 1812, and was transferred to the 85th light infantry, which was sent to Spain in 1813. He served under Wellington in the Peninsular war, was sent with his regiment to this country, and took part in the battles of Bladensburg--where he was wounded--Baltimore, and New Orleans. He returned to England in 1815, was retired from the army, took orders, and in 1819 was appointed to a curacy in Kent. In 1821 the Archbishop of Canterbury presented him to the perpetual curacy of Ash, to which was added the charge of Ivy Church, Kent. He was appointed chaplain of Chelsea hospital in 1834, and during the last four years of his service was by Wellington made chaplain-general to the forces, which office he held until he retired at the age of eighty. His exertions to establish a system of education for the soldiers gained for him the post of inspector-general of military schools. In 1848 he was prebendary of St. Paul's cathedral. Mr. Gleig was for half a century a contributor to " Black-wood's Magazine," and occasionally published papers in the "London Quarterly" and the "Edinburgh Review," also contributing to " Fraser's Magazine," of which he was for two years the editor. He may be called the oldest of living writers, he having as lately as 1886 contributed to the " Fortnightly Review" an article on the second Duke of Wellington. He is the author of many important books, among which are "Campaigns of Washington and New Orleans" (London, 1821)" and " The Subaltern " (published in "Blackwood" in 1824-'5" New York, 1826). Many editions of these popular works have since appeared.
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