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British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars´┐Ż 1793-1815
, David

By: Ron McGuigan

David Baird

General David Baird

Baird, David (6 or 26 December 1757- 18 August 1829)

Ensign 2nd Foot 1772, Lieutenant 2nd Foot 1778, Captain-Lieutenant 73rd Foot* 1778, Captain 73rd Foot* 1779, Major 71st Foot 1787, Lieutenant Colonel 71st Foot 1790, Brevet Colonel 1795, Major General 1798, Lieutenant General 1805, General 1814.

* renumbered 71st Foot.

Early service: Gibraltar 1773-1776, India 1779-1797 and prisoner of war imprisoned in  Seringapatam 1781-1784, Brigadier at Cape of Good Hope 1797-1798, India 1798-1800 and brigade at capture of Seringapatam 1799. Commanded force from India in Egyptian campaign 1801-1802. Served India 1802-1803. On Home Staff 1804-1805.  Commanded force at capture of Cape of Good Hope 1806. Governor of Cape of Good Hope 1806-1807. Commanded a division at Copenhagen 1807 and wounded. On staff Ireland 1807-1808.

Portugal & Spain: Commanded a force sent to Spain 1808. Commanded a division Spain 1808-1809 and wounded at Corunna January 1809.

Other Service: Commander-in-Chief Ireland 1820-1822.

Knighted 1804. KB 1809. GCB 1815. Created a Baronet 1809.

Awarded  Ottoman Knighthood as Knight of the Imperial Order of the Crescent for his services in Egypt.  His knighthood was apparently  recognized by British Authorities, December 1803,  as he had received His Majesty’s Royal Licence  prior to the 1812 & 1813 regulations on receiving Foreign Decorations. This entitled him to rank as a Knight Bachelor and to be called Sir, although he was not made a British Knight.

Colonel of 54th Foot 1801-1807, 24th Foot 1807-1829.  


Placed on the Napoleon Series: May 2006; updated November 2011


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