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HEAD, Sir George, born near Rochester, England, in 1782; died in England, 22 July, 1875, entered the British army, and served in the peninsula from 1809 till 1814. He was sent to Canada in 1814, and while there went to Lake Huron to superintend the commissariat duties of a proposed naval establishment on the Canadian lakes. He went to Nova Scotia in 1816, and in 1831 he was knighted. Among other works he wrote " Forest Scenes and Incidents in the Wilds of North America" (1829); "A Home Tour " (1836-'7); " Rome: A Tour of Many Days" (London, 1849); and translations of Cardinal Pacca's " Memoirs " (1850), and of "The Golden Ass of Apuleius" (1851).--His brother, Sir Francis Bond, British author, born near Rochester, England, 1 January, 1793; died in Croydon, England, 20 July, 1875. He entered the army at an early age, and served in the corps of engineers at Waterloo and in the campaign under Wellington. In 1825 he took charge of an expedition that left England to work the gold and silver mines on the Rio de la Plata. While there he crossed the pampas four times and the Andes twice, and rode about 6,000 miles, most of the time unaccompanied. In 1828 he was retired on half-pay from the army, and in November, 1835, he was appointed lieuten-ant-governor of Upper Canada, which office he held until the latter part of 1837, when he resigned. In dealing with the rebellion that existed in Canada during his administration he has been accused of trifling with the disaffected, though this charge was generally regarded as fully refuted in his "Narrative " of these events (1839). In recognition of his services in suppressing the rebellion and in repelling incursions from the United States, he was created a baronet in 1838, and in 1867 became a privy councillor. Some time previous to his death the government granted him a pension of £100 per annum for his services to literature. He was the author of numerous clever and amusing books, many of which were re-published in the United States. These include "Life of James Bruce" (London, 1830); " Bubbles from the Brunnen of Nassau" (1833); "The Emigrant" (1846); "Stokers and Pokers" (1850); "The Defenceless State of Great Britain " (1850); "A Faggot of French Sticks" (1851); "A Fortnight in Ireland" (1852); " Descriptive Essays" (2 vols., 1857); "The Horse and his Rider" (1860); "The Royal Engineer" (1869); and "Sketch of the Life of Field-Marshal Sir John Burgoyne " (1872). His " Rough Notes," giving his South American experiences (1828), was written in such a spirited style that it obtained for him the name of "Galloping Head."--Another brother, Sir Edmund Walker, bart., governor-general of Canada, born in Maidstone, Kent, England, in 1805; died in London, 28 January, 1868. He was the son of the Reverend Sir John Head, whom he succeeded in the baronetcy in 1838. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford, becoming a fellow of Merton college in 1830, and was a tutor there for five years. After serving as poor-law commissioner he was lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia in 1847-'54, when he succeeded Lord Elgin as governor-general of Canada. His administration was distinguished in Upper Canada by the settlement of the matter of the clergy reserves, and in Lower Canada by that of seignorial tenure, by the construction of the Victoria tubular bridge, the selection of Ottawa as the capital of Canada, and by the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1860. In 1861 he retired from the government. In 1863 he was made a civil-service commissioner, and in 1867 he became a privy councillor. He has written "Shall and Will"; "Hand-Book of the History of the Spanish and French Schools of Painting" (London, 1848); and " the Temple of Serapis at Pozzuoli" (London, 1858), and frequently contributed to periodical literature.
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