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NUGENT, Sir George, British soldier, born in Berkshire, England, 10 June, 1757; died there, 11 March, 1849. He was educated at Woolwich military academy, commissioned as a lieutenant in September, 1777, and served with the British army in this country, being present at the storming of Fort Montgomery and Fort Clinton in New York state. He served as captain in New Jersey and Connecticut, and was promoted major in May, 1782. He subsequently served under the Duke of York in the Netherlands and as a major-general in the suppression of the Irish rebellion of 1798, and was created a baronet for military services in 1806. He was afterward governor of Jamaica, became commander-in-chief of the forces in the West Indies in 1811, and rose to the rank of field-marshal in 1842. He married in 1797 Maria, a daughter of Cortland Skinner, Royalist attorney-general of New Jersey.--His brother, Sir Charles Edmond, British naval officer, born in Berkshire, England, in 1759; died in 1844, served during the Revolutionary war as a lieutenant and captain at Fort Moultrie and in New York and Rhode Island. He attained the rank of admiral-of-the-blue in 1808, and was made admiral of the fleet in 1833.
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