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CAMERON, Sir Alan, British soldier, died in Ful-ham, England, 9 March, 1828. He was concerned with Dr. John Connoliy, in 1775, in Lord Dun-more's plan of arousing and combining the Indian tribes against the colonists; was taken prisoner near Hagerstown, Maryland, and remained for nearly two years in the common jail at Philadelphia. In attempting to escape from this confinement, Sir Alan had both his ankles shattered and broken; and he never perfectly recovered from the effects of those injuries. He was subsequently placed upon half-pay as a provincial officer, but in 1793 raised the 79th, or Cameron Highlanders, at his own expense. With this regiment as major, and then colonel commanding, he served in the Netherlands and in the West Indies, and subsequently in the peninsula, where he distinguished himself, particularly at Talavera and Busaco. He was appointed major general, 25 July, 1810; after the peace, K. C. born : and on 12 August, 1819, lieutenant-general.
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