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BALFOUR, Nisbet, soldier, born in Dunbog, county Fife. Scotland, in 1743; died there in October. 1823. As one of Cornwallis's most trusted officers, he won high distinction in the British service during the revolution. He was the third son of Lord Balfour of Burleigh, was a lieutenant in the 4th regiment of foot at the battle of Bunker Hill, and was severely wounded in that engagement. He also participated in the engagements preceding the capture and occupation of New York, and in the battles of Elizabethtown, Brandywine, and Germantown, and was made Lieutenant-Colonel of the 23d regiment in 1778. He accompanied Cornwallis to Charleston, and as commandant of that city rendered himself very obnoxious to the inhabitants by the severity of his treatment. He was promoted Major-General in 1793, served in the war with France, and in Flanders in 1794, and when he died was sixth in the list of Major-Generals in the British army.
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