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Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.

Colonel William Baillie
Died November 13th 1782

Baillie entered the service of the East India Company on October 18, 1759 as a lieutenant in the Infantry at Madras. He was brevet Captain on September 5th 1765, Captain on April 2nd 1764, Major April 12th 1772 and then Lieutenant Colonel December 29th, 1775.

He was noted for his service under Colonel Joseph Smith in the operations against Hyder Ali in 1767 and 1768. He commanded at Pondicherry during the action against the French in 1779 and in 1780 was noted for his work in Northern Circars with 2 companies of European infantry, two batteries of artillery and five battalions of native infantry.

In 1780 when Hyder Ali swooped down on the Carnatic he was ordered to unite his force with the army collecting at Madras, first under Lord Macleod and then Sir Hector Munro. Baillie defeated Hyder’s son, Tipu Sultan on his way. When fourteen miles from the main force, Baillie’s losses forced him to halt his march. Munro (DWW-in typical british officer fashion) sent only a small force to help Baillie and here on September 10th 1780 all of Hyder Ali’s host (DWW-initially 100,000) came at them. The Camp followers (DWW-they were a large part of an army on the march then) stampeded through the camp causing confusion, and the natives could not be rallied.

Baillie did his best to rally after many charges, but soon all the officers were either dead or wounded and only 16 soldiers in the square remained unhurt. Now all who remained alive were carried off to Seringapatam, including Captain David Baird. Colonel Baillie’s courage was noted by friend and foe during the action and subsequent captivity. The captivity was to last for four years. Baillie died whilst still a prisoner.

Previous Notables (Click to see the Blog):

George III George IV Georgiana Cavendish
William IV Lady Hester Stanhope Lady Caroline Lamb
Princess Charlotte Queen Charlotte Charles James Fox
Queen Adelaide Dorothea Jordan Jane Austen
Maria Fitzherbert Lord Byron John Keats
Princess Caroline Percy Bysshe Shelley Cassandra Austen
Edmund Kean Thomas Clarkson Sir John Moore
John Burgoyne William Wilberforce Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Sarah Siddons Josiah Wedgwood Emma Hamilton
Hannah More John Phillip Kemble John Jervis, Earl St. Vincent
Ann Hatton Stephen Kemble Mary Robinson
Harriet Mellon Zachary Macaulay George Elphinstone
Thomas Babington George Romney Mary Moser
Ozias Humphry William Hayley Daniel Mendoza
Edward Pellew Angelica Kauffman Sir William Hamilton
David Garrick Pownoll Bastard Pellew Charles Arbuthnot
William Upcott William Huskisson Dominic Serres
Sir George Barlow Scrope Davies Charles Francis Greville
George Stubbs Fanny Kemble Thomas Warton
William Mason Thomas Troubridge Charles Stanhope
Robert Fulke Greville Gentleman John Jackson Ann Radcliffe
Edward ‘Golden Ball’ Hughes John Opie Adam Walker
John Ireland Henry Pierrepoint Robert Stephenson
Mary Shelley Sir Joshua Reynolds Francis Place
Richard Harding Evans Lord Thomas Foley Francis Burdett
John Gale Jones George Parker Bidder Sir George Warren
Edward Eliot William Beechey Eva Marie Veigel
Hugh Percy-Northumberland Charles Philip Yorke Lord Palmerston
Samuel Romilly John Petty 2nd Marquess Lansdowne Henry Herbert Southey
Stapleton Cotton Colin Macaulay Amelia Opie
Sir James Hall Henry Thomas Colebrooke Maria Foote
Sir David Baird Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville Dr. Robert Gooch

There will be many other notables coming, a full and changing list can be found here on the blog as I keep adding to it. The list so far is:

Astley Cooper
Captain William Baillie (Engraver)
William Baillie (artist)
Benjamin Travers
Home Popham
Sir Ralph Abercromby
Sir Hector Munro
James Kenney
Elizabeth Inchbald
George Colman the Younger
Thomas Morton
John Liston
Tyrone Power
Colonel William Berkeley
Barry Proctor
William Henry West Betty
Sir George Colebrooke
Joseph John Gurney
John Playfair
James Hutton
Robert Emmet
William Taylor of Norwich
Sir William Knighton
John Romilly
Sir John Herschel
John Horne Tooke
James Mill
Edward Hall Alderson
Henry Perronet Briggs
Robert Owen
Jeremy Bentham
Joseph Hume
Sir Walter Scott
Charles Lamb
John Stuart Mill
Thomas Cochrane
James Paull
Claire Clairmont
William Lovett
Sir John Vaughan
Fanny Imlay
William Godwin
Mary Wollstonecraft
General Sir Robert Arbuthnot
Harriet Fane Arbuthnot
Joseph Antonio Emidy
James Edwards (Bookseller)
William Gifford
John Wolcot (Peter Pindar)
Sir Joseph Banks
Richard Porson
Edward Gibbon
James Smithson
William Cowper
Richard Cumberland
Richard Cosway
Jacob Phillipp Hackert
John Thomas Serres
Wellington (the Military man)
Horatio Nelson
William Vincent
Cuthbert Collingwood
Admiral Sir Graham Moore
Admiral Sir William Sydney Smith
Admiral Sir Joseph Sydney Yorke
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
Viscount Hood
Thomas Hope
Baroness de Calabrella
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Harriet Martineau
Napoleon Bonaparte
Admiral Israel Pellew
General Banastre Tarleton
Henry Paget
Francis Leggatt Chantrey
Sir Charles Grey
Thomas Picton
Thomas Lawrence
James Northcote
Thomas Gainsborough
James Gillray
George Stubbs
Joseph Priestley
William Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk 9th Duke of St. Albans
Horace Walpole
John Thomas ‘Antiquity’ Smith
Thomas Coutts
Angela Burdett-Coutts
Sir Anthony Carlisle
William Blake
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Sir Marc Brunel
Marquis of Stafford Granville Leveson-Gower
Marquis of Stafford George Leveson-Gower
George Stephenson
Nicholas Wood
Edward Pease
Thomas Telford
Joseph Locke
Paul III Anton, Prince Esterházy
Thomas Egerton, 2nd Earl of Wilton
John Nash
Matthew Gregory Lewis
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Robert Southey
Thomas Hope
Henry Holland
Sir Walter Scott
Lord Elgin
Henry Moyes
Jeffery Wyatville
Hester Thrale
William Windham
Madame de Stael
Joseph Black
John Walker
James Boswell
Edward John Eliot
Edward James Eliot
Edward Law, 1st Baron Ellenborough
George Combe
William Harrison Ainsworth
Sir Harry Smith
Thomas Cochrane
Warren Hastings
Edmund Burke
William Petty
Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice
Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk
Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond
Juana Maria de Los Dolores de Leon (Lady Smith)
Duke of Argyll, George William Campbell (1766-1839)
Lord Barrymore, Richard Barry (1769-1794)
Lord Bedford, Francis Russell (1765-1802)
Mr. G. Dawson Damer (1788-1856)
Duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish (1748-1811)
Colonel George Hanger (c.1751-1824)
Lord Hertford, Francis Seymour-Ingram (1743-1822)
Lord Yarmouth, Francis Charles Seymour-Ingram (1777-1842)
Earl of Jersey, George Bussey Villiers (1735-1805)
Sir John , John Lade (1759-1838)
Duke of Norfolk, Charles Howard (1746-1815)
Duke of York , Frederick Augustus Hanover (1763-1827)
Louis Philippe Joseph, Duc de Chartres, acceded 1785 as Duc d’ Orleans (1747-1793)
Louis Philippe, Duc de Chartres, acceded 1793 as Duc d’ Orleans (1773-1850)
Captain John (Jack) Willett Payne (1752-1803)
Duke of Queensberry, William Douglas (1724-1810)
Duke of Rutland, John Henry Manners(1778-1857)
Lord Sefton, William Philip Molyneux (1772-1838)
Admiral Lord Hugh Seymour (1759-1801)
Sir Lumley St. George Skeffington Baronet (1771 – 1850)
Lord Worcester, Henry Somerset (1766-1835)
Lord Worcester, Henry Somerset (1792-1853)
Hon. Frederick Gerald aka “Poodle” Byng

The Dandy Club
Beau Brummell
William Arden, 2nd Baron Alvanley
Henry Mildmay

Patronesses of Almacks
Emily Lamb, Lady Cowper
Amelia Stewart, Viscountess Castlereagh
Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey
Maria Molyneux, Countess of Sefton
Mrs. Drummond Burrell
Dorothea Lieven, Countess de Lieven, wife of the Russian Ambassador
        Countess Esterhazy, wife of the Austrian Ambassador

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