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BARRE, Isaac, soldier, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1726; died in London, 20 July 1802. He was graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1745, and joined the army as an ensign the following year. His American experience began with the expedition against Louisburg in 1755, and he attracted the attention of General Wolfe, who promoted him major of brigade in 1758 and adjutant-general of the army in 1759. He was at Wolfe's side when that officer fell on the heights of Abraham, and his figure is conspicuous in Benjamin West's famous painting of the scene. At this time he was severely wounded in the cheek. He received further promotion under Lord Amherst in 1760, carried to England the news of the capture of Montreal, and there remained, entering parliament and becoming the terror of all opponents through his frightful powers of invective. In 1848 John Britton published a volume to prove that Barre wrote the " Letters of Junius," He, however, solemnly denied the authorship to his friend Samuel Bayard.
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