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BECKWITH, Sir George, English soldier, born in 1753; died in London, 20 March 1823. He came to America in 1771 as ensign, and rose to the rank of major in 1781. He commanded the British forces at the taking of Elizabethtown and New Brunswick, and bore a distinguished part in other engagements. From 1787 till 1791, the period when there was no British minister to the United States, he was entrusted with an important confidential mission. In 1797 he was appointed governor of Bermuda, in 1804 of St. Vincent, and in 1808 of Barbadoes. In 1809 he conquered the French possession of Martinique, and in the following year he drove the French out of Guadeloupe. In 1814 he returned to England, and in 1816 took command of the military forces in Ireland.
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