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DOYLE, Sir John, British soldier, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1756; died 8 August 1834. He was graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, entered the army, and was a lieutenant of light infantry at Boston in 1775. He served as adjutant at the battles of Long Island and Germantown, captain of the volunteers of Ireland, then a major of brigade at the capture of Charleston, and in the battles of Camden and Hobkirk's Hill. In command of a corps of light cavalry, he operated against General Marion in the spring of 1781, and destroyed his camp at Snow Island, but, being pursued by Marion, escaped with the loss of his baggage. He served in Holland in 1794, in 1796 was made a colonel, and was soon afterward appointed secretary of war in Ireland. He served as a brigadier general with Abercrombie in Egypt in 1800, distinguished himself, and was made a baronet in 1805, and a full general in 1819.His nephew, Sir Charles Hastings, British officer, born about 1804. He entered the British army, as an ensign in 1819, became captain in 1825, and colonel in 1854, serving in both the East and West Indies. He was on the staff as assistant adjutant general and assistant quartermaster general in 1847'56, and served in the army of the Crimea. He was inspector general of the militia of Ireland, 1856'61, and was assigned to the command of the troops in Nova Scotia in the latter year. In 1867 he was made lieutenant general of that province upon the confederation of the provinces of British North America, being placed in command of her Majesty's forces in North America. For his services in these capacities he was knighted. In 1874 he was assigned to the command of the southern district of England; in 1860 he became a major general, and ill 1870 a lieutenant general. He is also colonel of the 87th regiment (Royal Irish fusileers).
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