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REID, Sir William, governor of Bermuda, born in Kinglassie, Fifeshire, Scotland, in 1791" died in London, England, 21 (let., 1858. He was educated at the Royal military academy, Woolwich, and, entering tile army in 1809, served in the peninsula in this country during the war of 1812, and in Belgium in 1815. He became major-general in 1856, and was elected a fellow of the Royal society in 1839. He was appointed governor of Bermuda in 1838, improved the agriculture of the island, which was in a deplorable condition, and through his efforts introduced its products into the markets of New York. His many interests for their welfare greatly endeared him to the islanders, who remember him as the "good governor." In 1846 he was appointed governor of the Windward islands, and in 1848 he returned to England and was made commanding engineer at Woolwich. In September, 185l, he was knighted and appointed governor of Malta, which post he held through the Crimean war, returning to England in 1858. His interest in meteorology first took a definite form in 1831, when he was detailed to superintend the repairs of the injury that had been clone in Barbadoes by a severe hurricane, His correspondence with William (2. Redfield (q. v.), in three folio volumes, was presented to the library of Yale university by John II. Redfield. General Reid published " An Attempt to develop the Law of Storms by Means of Facts, arranged according to Place and Time" (London, 1838" 3d ed., 1850), and "The Progress of the development of the Law of Stolme " (1849).
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