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James Wolfe
"Major General Wolfe.
Who, at the Expence of his Life, purchas'd immortal Honour for his Country, and planted,with his own Hand, the British Laurel, in the inhospitable Wilds of North America, By the Reduction of Quebec, Septr. 13th. 1759."
Born (1727-01-03)3 January 1727
Died 13 September 1759(1759-09-13) (aged 32)
Place of birth Westerham, Kent, England
Place of death Quebec, New France
Buried at St Alfege Church, Greenwich
Allegiance  Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1740–13 September 1759
Rank Major General
Commands held 20th Regiment of Foot

War of Austrian Succession:

Jacobite uprising:

Seven Years War:

Relations Lieutenant General Edward Wolfe (father)

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Major General James Peter Wolfe (3 January 1727 – 13 September 1759) was a British Army officer, known for his training reforms but remembered chiefly for his victory over the French at the Battle of Quebec in Canada in 1759. The son of a distinguished general, Lieutenant-General Edward Wolfe, he had received his first commission at a young age and saw extensive service in Europe where he fought during the War of the Austrian Succession. His service in Flanders and in Scotland, where he took part in the suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion, brought him to the attention of his superiors. The advancement of his career was halted by the Peace Treaty of 1748 and he spent much of the next eight years on garrison duty in the Scottish Highlands. Already a brigade major at the age of eighteen, he was a lieutenant-colonel by the age of twenty-three.

The outbreak of the Seven Years' War in 1756 offered Wolfe fresh opportunities for advancement. His part in the aborted raid on Rochefort in 1757 led William Pitt to appoint him second-in-command of an expedition to capture the Fortress of Louisbourg. Following the success of the Siege of Louisbourg he was made commander of a force which sailed up the Saint Lawrence River to capture Quebec City. After a lengthy siege Wolfe defeated a French force under Louis-Joseph de Montcalm allowing British forces to capture the city. Wolfe was killed at the height of the battle due to injuries from three musket balls.

Wolfe's part in the taking of Quebec in 1759 earned him posthumous fame and he became an icon of Britain's victory in the Seven Years War and subsequent territorial expansion. He was depicted in the painting The Death of General Wolfe, which became famous around the world. Wolfe was posthumously dubbed "The Hero of Quebec", "The Conqueror of Quebec", and also "The Conqueror of Canada", since the capture of Quebec led directly to the capture of Montreal, ending French control of the country.

Early life (1727–1740)

James Peter Wolfe was born at the local vicarage on 2 January 1727 (New Style or 22 December 1726 Old Style[1]) at Westerham, Kent, the older of two sons of Colonel (later Lieutenant General) Edward Wolfe, a veteran soldier of Irish origin, and the former Henrietta Thompson. His uncle was Edward Thompson MP, a distinguished politician. His relatively humble birth marked him out from many army officers at the time, who were disproportionatly drawn from the aristocracy or gentry.[2] Wolfe's childhood home in Westerham, known in his lifetime as Spiers, has been preserved in his memory by the National Trust under the name Quebec House.[3] Wolfe's family were long settled in Ireland and he regularly corresponded with his uncle Major Walter Wolfe in Dublin; Stephen Woulfe, the distinguished Irish politician and judge of the next century, was from the Limerick branch of the same family.

The Wolfes were close to the Warde family, who lived at Squerres Court in Westerham. Wolfe's boyhood friend George Warde would later achieve fame as Commander-in-Chief in Ireland when he crushed the Irish rebellion of 1798, and repelled two attempted French invasions in 1796 and 1798.

Around 1738, the family moved to Greenwich, in London. From his earliest years, Wolfe was destined for a military career, entering his father's 1st Marine regiment as a volunteer at the age of thirteen.

Illness prevented him from taking part in a large expedition against Spanish-held Cartagena in 1740, and his father sent him home a few months later.[4] He was fortunate to miss what proved to be a disaster for the British forces at the Siege of Cartagena during the War of Jenkins' Ear with most of the expedition dying from disease.[5]

War of the Austrian Succession (1740–48)

European War

In 1740 the War of the Austrian Succession broke out in Europe. Although initially Britain did not actively intervene, the presence of a sizable French army near the border of the Austrian Netherlands compelled the British to send an expedition to help defend the territory of their Austrian ally in 1742. Wolfe was given his first commission as a second lieutenant in his father's regiment of Marines in 1741. Early in the following year he transferred to the 12th Regiment of Foot, a British Army infantry regiment, and set sail for Flanders some months later where the British took up position in Ghent.[6] Here, Wolfe was promoted to Lieutenant and made adjutant of his battalion. His first year on the continent was a frustrating one as, despite rumours of a British attack on Dunkirk, they remained inactive in Flanders.[7]

Wolfe first saw action at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743.

In 1743, he was joined by his younger brother, Edward, who had received a commission in the same regiment.[8] That year the Wolfe brothers took part in an offensive launched by the British. Instead of moving southwards as expected, the British and their allies instead thrust eastwards into Southern Germany where they faced a large French army.[9] The army came under the personal command of George II[10] but in June he appeared to have made a catastrophic mistake which left the Allies trapped against the River Main and surrounded by enemy forces in "a mousetrap".[11]

Rather than contemplate surrender, George tried to rectify the situation by launching an attack on the French positions near the village of Dettingen. Wolfe's regiment was involved in heavy fighting, as the two sides exchanged volley after volley of musket fire. His regiment had suffered the highest casualties of any of the British infantry battalions, and Wolfe had his horse shot from underneath him.[12] Despite three French attacks the Allies managed to drive off the enemy, who fled through the village of Dettingen which was then occupied by the Allies. However, George failed to adequately pursue the retreating enemy, allowing them to escape.[13] In spite of this the Allies had successfully thwarted the French move into Germany, safeguarding the independence of Hanover.

Wolfe's regiment at Battle of Dettingen came to the attention of the Duke of Cumberland[14] who had been close to him during the battle when they came under enemy fire. A year later, he became a captain of the 45th Regiment of Foot. After the success of Dettington, the 1744 campaign was another frustration as the Allies forces now led by George Wade failed to complete their objective of capturing Lille, fought no major battles, and returned to winter quarters at Ghent without anything to show for their efforts. Wolfe was left devastated when his brother Edward died, probably of consumption, that autumn.[15]

Wolfe's regiment was left behind to garrison Ghent, which meant they missed the Allied defeat at the Battle of Fontenoy in May 1745 during which Wolfe's former regiment suffered extremely heavy casualties. Wolfe's regiment was then summoned to reinforce the main Allied army, now under the command of the Duke of Cumberland. Shortly after they had departed Ghent, the town was suddenly attacked by the French who captured it and its garrison.[16] Having narrowly avoided becoming a French prisoner, Wolfe was now made a brigade major.

Jacobite Rising

Wolfe served during the Jacobite Rising, where he fought at the decisive Battle of Culloden.

In October 1745, Wolfe's regiment was urgently recalled to Britain to deal with the Jacobite rising which had broken out. In September Jacobite forces had won the Battle of Prestonpans and captured Edinburgh. They were poised to march into England where they expected a mass Jacobite rebellion to break out that would topple George II and his Hanoverian Dynasty and replace them with the Young Pretender 'Charles III'.[17]

Wolfe and his regiment were initially sent to Newcastle to bolster a force commanded by General Wade to prevent a Jacobite advance along the east coast. Instead the rebels bypassed Wade's army at Newcastle, by heading down the opposite coast via Carlisle.[18] The Jacobites reached as far as Derby and only a force of militia stood between them and London. However, having encountered limited English support for their cause the Jacobites decided to withdraw and by the end of the year they were back in Scotland[19] and government forces prepared for what they believed would be a relatively easy campaign that would crush the rebels.

Wolfe served in Scotland in 1746 as aide-de-camp under General Henry Hawley in the campaign to defeat the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart. In this capacity, Wolfe participated in the Battle of Falkirk and the Battle of Culloden.[20] At Culloden, he famously refused to shoot a wounded highlander when he was ordered by the Duke of Cumberland stating that he would rather resign his post than sacrifice his honour. However, the gesture did not work, and the man was shot by Cumberland himself. It has been suggested that it may have been Hawley who gave the order rather than Cumberland.[21] This act may have been a cause for his later popularity among the Royal Highland Fusiliers, whom he would command in North America. After this he took part in the pacification of the Highlands, designed to destroy the remnants of the rebellion.

Return to the Continent

In January 1747 Wolfe returned to the Continent and the War of the Austrian Succession, serving under Sir John Mordaunt. The French had taken advantage of the absence of Cumberland's British troops and had made advances in the Austrian Netherlands including the capture of Brussels.[22][23]

The major French objective in 1747 was to capture Maastricht considered the gateway to the Dutch Republic. Wolfe was part of Cumberland's army, which marched to protect the city from the advancing French force under Marshal Saxe. On 2 July Wolfe participated in the Battle of Lauffeld,he was very badly wounded and received an official commendation for services to Britain. Lauffeld was the largest battle in terms of numbers in which Wolfe fought,[24] with the combined strength of both armies totalling over 140,000. Following their narrow victory at Lauffeld, the French captured Maastricht and seized another strategic fortress at Bergen-op-Zoom. Both sides remained poised for further offensives, but an armistice halted the fighting.

In 1748, at just 21 years of age and with service in seven campaigns, Wolfe returned to Britain following the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle which ended the war. Under the treaty, Britain and France had agreed to exchange all captured territory and the Austrian Netherlands were returned to Austrian control.

Peacetime service (1748–1756)

Scottish garrison

Once home, he was posted to Scotland and garrison duty, and a year later was made a major, in which rank he assumed command of the 20th Regiment, stationed at Stirling. In 1750, Wolfe was confirmed as Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment.

During the eight years Wolfe remained in Scotland, he wrote military pamphlets and became proficient in French, as a result of several trips to Paris. Despite struggling with bouts of ill health suspected to be tuberculosis, he also tried to keep himself mentally fit by teaching himself Latin and mathematics, also Wolfe trained his body too, pushing himself to improve his swordsmanship and attending sessions where he learned about science and how to improve his leadership skills. Wolfe worked hard despite his illness and learned from many people. Wolfe had made the number of influential acquaintances during the recent war. His father, who was now a General, also actively assisted his son's career.

In 1752 Wolfe was granted extended leave, and he first went to Ireland staying in Dublin with his uncle and visiting Belfast and the site of the Battle of the Boyne.[25] After a brief stop at his parents house in Greenwich he received permission from the Duke of Cumberland to go abroad and he crossed the Channel to France. He took in the sights of Paris including the Tuileries Gardens and visited the Palace of Versailles. He was frequently entertained by the British Ambassador, Earl of Albermarle, with whom he had served in Scotland in 1746. Albermarle arranged an audience for Wolfe with Louis XV. While in Paris Wolfe spent money on improving his French and his fencing skills.[26] He applied for further leave so he could witness a major military exercise by the French army, but he was instead urgently ordered home. He rejoined his regiment in Glasgow. By 1754 Britain's declining relationship with France made a fresh war imminent and fighting broke out in North America between the two sides.


Desertion, especially in the face of the enemy had always officially been regarded as a capital offence. Wolfe laid particular stress on the importance of the death penalty and in 1755 he ordered that any soldier who broke ranks ("offers to quit his rank or offers to flag") should be instantly put to death by an officer or sergeant.[27]

Seven Years War (1756–63)

Wolfe came to the attention of William Pitt following his role in the attack on Rochefort. Pitt had Wolfe promoted and posted to Canada, which he planned to capture.

In 1756, with the outbreak of open hostilities with France, Wolfe was promoted to Colonel. He was stationed in Canterbury, where his regiment had been posted to guard his home county of Kent against a French invasion threat. He was extremely dispirited by news of the loss of Minorca in June 1756, lamenting what he saw as the lack of professionalism amongst the British forces. Despite a widespread belief that French landing was imminent, Wolfe thought that it was unlikely his men would be called into action.[28] In spite of this, he trained them diligently and issued fighting instructions to his troops.

As the threat of invasion decreased, the regiment were marched to Wiltshire. Despite the initial setbacks of the war in Europe and North America the British were now expected to take the offensive and Wolfe anticipated playing a major role in future operations. However, his health was beginning to decline which led to suspicions that he was suffering, as his younger brother (Edward Wolfe 1728–1744) had, from consumption.[29] Many of his letters to his parents began to assume a slightly fatalistic note in which he talked of the likelihood of an early death.[30]


In 1757 Wolfe participated in the British amphibious assault on Rochefort, a seaport on the French Atlantic coast. A major naval descent, it was designed to capture the town, and relieve pressure on Britain's German allies who were under French attack in Northern Europe. Wolfe was selected to take part in the expedition partly because of his friendship with its commander, Sir John Mordaunt. In addition to his regimental duties, Wolfe also served as Quartermaster General for the whole expedition.[31] The force was assembled on the Isle of Wight and after weeks of delay finally sailed on 7 September.

The attempt failed as, after capturing an island offshore, the British made no attempt to land on the mainland and press on to Rochefort and instead withdrew home. While their sudden appearance off the French coast had spread panic throughout France, it had little practical effect. Mordaunt was court-martialed for his failure to attack Rochefort, although acquitted.[32] Nonetheless, Wolfe was one of the few military leaders who had distinguished himself in the raid – having gone ashore to scout the terrain, and having constantly urged Mordaunt into action.[33] He had at one point told the General that he could capture Rochefort if he was given just 500 men but Mordaunt refused him permission.[34] While Wolfe was irritated by the failure, believing that they should have used the advantage of surprise and attacked and taken the town immediately, he was able to draw valuable lessons about amphibious warfare that influenced his later operations at Louisbourg and Quebec.

As a result of his actions at Rochefort, Wolfe was brought to the notice of the Prime Minister, William Pitt, the Elder. Pitt had determined that the best gains in the war were to be made in North America where France was vulnerable, and planned to launch an assault on French Canada. Pitt now decided to promote Wolfe over the heads of a number of senior officers.


The key Fortress of Louisbourg, on Cape Breton Island, captured by the British in 1758.

On 23 January 1758, James Wolfe was appointed as a Brigadier General, and sent with Major General Jeffrey Amherst to lay siege to Fortress of Louisbourg in New France (located in present-day Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia). Louisbourg stood near the mouth of the St Lawrence River and its capture was considered essential to any attack on Canada from the east. An expedition the previous year had failed to seize the town because of a French naval build-up. For 1758 Pitt sent a much larger Royal Navy force to accompany Amherst's troops. Wolfe distinguished himself in preparations for the assault, the initial landing and in the aggressive advance of siege batteries. The French capitulated in June of that year in the Siege of Louisbourg (1758). He then participated in the Expulsion of the Acadians in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Campaign (1758).

The British had initially planned to advance along the St Lawrence and attack Quebec that year, but the onset of winter forced them to postpone to the following year. Similarly a plan to capture New Orleans was rejected,[35] and Wolfe returned home to England. Wolfe's part in the taking of the town brought him to the attention of the British public for the first time. The news of the victory at Louisbourg was tempered by the failure of a British force advancing towards Montreal at the Battle of Carillon and the death of George Howe, a widely respected young general who Wolfe described as "the best officer in the British Army".[36]

Quebec (1759)


Wolfe's opponent at Quebec, the Marquis de Montcalm

As Wolfe had comported himself admirably at Louisbourg, William Pitt the Elder chose him to lead the British assault on Quebec City the following year. Although Wolfe was given the local rank of major general while serving in Canada, in Europe he was still only a full colonel. Amherst had been appointed as Commander-in-Chief in North America, and he would lead a separate and larger force that would attack Canada from the south. He insisted on the choice of his friend, the Irish officer Guy Carleton as Quartermaster General or threatened to resign the command.[37] Once this was granted, he began making preparations for his departure. Pitt was determined to once again give operations in North America top priority, as he planned to weaken France's international position by capturing its colonies.

Advance up the Saint Lawrence

Despite the large build-up of British forces in North America, the strategy of dividing the army for separate attacks on Canada meant that once Wolfe reached Quebec the French commander Louis-Joseph de Montcalm would have a local superiority of troops having raised large numbers of Canadian militia to defend their homeland.[38] The French had not initially expected the British to approach from the east, believing the St Lawrence River was impassable for such a large force, and had prepared to defend Quebec from the south and west. An intercepted copy of British plans gave Montcalm several weeks to improve the fortifications protecting Quebec from an amphibious attack by Wolfe.[39]

Montcalm's goal was to prevent the British from capturing Quebec, thereby maintaining a French foothold in Canada. The French government believed a peace treaty was likely to be agreed the following year and so they directed the emphasis of their own efforts towards victory in Germany and a Planned invasion of Britain hoping thereby to secure the exchange of captured territories. For this plan to be successful Montcalm had only to hold out until the start of winter. Wolfe had a narrow window to capture Quebec during 1759 before the St Lawrence began to freeze trapping his force.

Wolfe's army was assembled at Louisbourg. Eager to begin the campaign, after several delays, he pushed ahead with only part of his force and left orders for further arrivals to be sent on down the St Lawrence after him.[40]


Map of the Quebec City area showing disposition of French and British forces. The Plains of Abraham are located to the left.

The British army laid siege to the city for three months. During that time, Wolfe issued a written document, known as Wolfe's Manifesto, to the French-Canadian (Québécois) civilians, as part of his strategy of psychological intimidation. In March 1759, prior to arriving at Quebec, Wolfe had written to Amherst: "If, by accident in the river, by the enemy’s resistance, by sickness, or slaughter in the army, or, from any other cause, we find that Quebec is not likely to fall into our hands (persevering however to the last moment), I propose to set the town on fire with shells, to destroy the harvest, houses and cattle, both above and below, to send off as many Canadians as possible to Europe and to leave famine and desolation behind me; but we must teach these scoundrels to make war in a more gentleman like manner." This manifesto has widely been regarded as counter-productive as it drove many neutrally-inclined inhabitants to actively resist the British, swelling the size of the militia defending to Quebec to as many as 10,000.

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

After an extensive yet inconclusive bombardment of the city, Wolfe initiated a failed attack north of Quebec at Beauport, where the French were securely entrenched. As the weeks wore on the chances of British success lessened, and Wolfe grew despondent. Amherst's large force advancing on Montreal had made very slow progress, ruling out the prospect of Wolfe receiving any help from him.


Wolfe then led 200 ships with 9,000 soldiers and 18,000 sailors on a very bold and risky amphibious landing at the base of the cliffs west of Quebec along the St. Lawrence River. His army, with two small cannons, scaled the cliffs early in the morning of 13 September 1759, surprising the French under the command of the Marquis de Montcalm, who thought the cliffs would be unclimbable. Faced with the possibility that the British would haul more cannons up the cliffs and knock down the city's remaining walls, the French fought the British on the Plains of Abraham. They were defeated after fifteen minutes of battle, but when Wolfe began to move forward, he was shot three times, once in the arm, once in the shoulder, and finally in the chest. Historian Francis Parkman describes the death of Wolfe:

They asked him [Wolfe] if he would have a surgeon; but he shook his head, and answered that all was over with him. His eyes closed with the torpor of approaching death, and those around sustained his fainting form. Yet they could not withhold their gaze from the wild turmoil before them, and the charging ranks of their companions rushing through the line of fire and smoke.
"See how they run." one of the officers exclaimed, as the French fled in confusion before the leveled bayonets.
"Who run?" demanded Wolfe, opening his eyes like a man aroused from sleep.
"The enemy, sir," was the reply; "they give way everywhere."

Wolfe plaque in Lévis

"Then," said the dying general, "tell Colonel River, to cut off their retreat from the bridge. Now, God be praised, I die contented," he murmured; and, turning on his side, he calmly breathed his last breath.

The Battle of the Plains of Abraham notably caused the deaths of the top military commander on each side: Montcalm died the next day from his wounds. Wolfe's victory at Quebec enabled an assault on the French at Montreal the following year. With the fall of that city, French rule in North America, outside of Louisiana and the tiny islands of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, came to an end. James Wolfe's tactics are summarized in E. R. Adair's Military Reputation of Major-General James Wolfe. Another helpful reference is, "In Wolfe's Clothing", an article written by Ian Brown for The Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper, on the 31st July 2009.

Wolfe's body was returned to Britain on HMS Royal William and interred in the family vault in St Alfege Church, Greenwich alongside his father (who had died in March 1759). The funeral service took place on 20 November 1759, the same day that Admiral Hawke won the last of the three great victories of the "Wonderful Year" and the "Year of Victories" – Minden, Quebec and Quiberon Bay.


Statue of Wolfe in Greenwich Park

Wolfe was renowned by his troops for being demanding on himself and on them. Although he was prone to illness, Wolfe was an active and restless figure. Amherst reported that Wolfe seemed to be everywhere at once. There was a story that when someone in the British Court branded the young Brigadier mad, King George II retorted, "Mad, is he? Then I hope he will bite some of my other generals." Some biographers, including Richard Garrett have suggested Wolfe may have been a repressed homosexual, although his behavioral patterns were fairly typical of the noblemen of the time. In a letter to his mother in 1751 he admitted he would probably never marry, and stated that he believed people could easily live without marrying. A cultured man, in 1759 during the Seven Years War, before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham Wolfe is said to have recited Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard to his officers, adding: "Gentlemen, I would rather have written that poem than take Quebec tomorrow". After his death a miniature of Katherine Lowther, daughter of Robert Lowther (1681–1745), was given to Wolfe's mother and later returned to Katherine Lowther Duchess of Bolton.


"Placing the Canadian Colours on Wolfe's Monument in Westminster Abbey" by Emily Warren in Currie Hall at Royal Military College of Canada

Memorial to Wolfe outside the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec on the Plains of Abraham. The memorial purportedly marks the location where Wolfe died.

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c1890 CDV of the Memorial to General James Wolfe on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, Canada

James Wolfe and Marquis de Montcalm sculpture in front of Parliament Building (Quebec)

The inscription on the obelisk at Quebec City, erected to commemorate the battle on the Plains of Abraham once read: "Here Died Wolfe Victorious." In order to avoid offending French-Canadians it now simply reads: "Here Died Wolfe."[41] Wolfe's defeat of the French led to the British capture of the New France department of Canada, and his "hero's death" made him a legend in his homeland. The Wolfe legend led to the famous painting The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West, the Anglo-American folk ballad "Brave Wolfe"[42] (sometimes known as "Bold Wolfe"), and the opening line of the patriotic Canadian anthem, "The Maple Leaf Forever".

The site where Wolfe purportedly fell is marked by a column surmounted by a helmet and sword. An inscription at its base reads, in French and English, "Here died Wolfe – 13 September 1759." It replaces a large stone which had been placed there by British troops to mark the spot.

There is a memorial to Wolfe in Westminster Abbey by Joseph Wilton. The 3rd Duke of Richmond, who had served in Wolfe's regiment in 1753, commissioned a bust of Wolfe from Wilton. There is an oil painting "Placing the Canadian Colours on Wolfe's Monument in Westminster Abbey" by Emily Warren in Currie Hall at the Royal Military College of Canada.

A statue of Wolfe overlooks the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. A statue also graces the green in his native Westerham, Kent, alongside one of that village's other famous resident, Sir Winston Churchill. At Stowe Landscape Gardens in Buckinghamshire there is an obelisk, known as Wolfe's obelisk, built by the family that owned Stowe as Wolfe spent his last night in England at the mansion. Wolfe is buried under the Church of St Alfege, Greenwich, where there are four memorials to him: a replica of his coffin plate in the floor; The Death of Wolfe, a painting completed in 1762 by Edward Peary; a wall tablet; and a stained glass window. In addition the local primary school is named after him.

In 1761, as a perpetual memorial to Wolfe, George Warde, a friend of Wolfe's from boyhood, instituted the Wolfe Society, which to this day meets annually in Westerham for the Wolfe Dinner to his "Pious and Immortal Memory". Warde paid Benjamin West to paint "The Boyhood of Wolfe" which hangs at Squerres Court. Warde also erected a cenotaph in Squerres Park to mark the place where Wolfe had received his first commission while visiting the Wardes.

In 1979 Crayola crayons introduced a Wolfe Brown colour crayon. It was discontinued the following year.

There are several institutions, localities, thoroughfares, and landforms named in honour of him in Canada. Significant monuments to Wolfe in Canada exist on the Plains of Abraham where he fell, and near Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Ontario Governor John Graves Simcoe named Wolfe Island, an island in Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River off the coast of Kingston, near the Royal Military College of Canada, in Wolfe's honour in 1792. On 13 September 2009, the Wolfe Island Historical Society led celebrations on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of James Wolfe's victory at Quebec. A life-size statue in Wolfe's likeness is to be sculpted.[41]

A senior girls house at the Duke of York's Royal Military School is named after Wolfe, where all houses are named after prominent figures of the military. There is a James Wolfe school for children aged 5–11 down the hill from his house in Greenwich (in Chesterfield Walk, which is just east of General Wolfe Road).

Artifacts and relics owned by Wolfe are held at museums in both Canada and England, although some have mainly legendary association. Wolfe's cloak worn at Louisbourg, Quebec and at the Plains of Abraham is part of the British Royal Collection. In 2008 it was lent to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax for an exhibit on the Siege of Louisbourg and in 2009 was loaned to the Army Museum at the Halifax Citadel where it remains on display.

The town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is named in honour of Wolfe.


  2. Wilson p.244
  3. The Weald – People history and genealogy
  4. Biography of General James Wolfe 1727–1759
  5. Browning p.59-61
  6. Brumwell p.18-19
  7. Brumwell p.24-25
  8. Brumwell p.25
  9. Browning p.134-35
  10. Trench p.217-18
  11. Brumwell p.26-27
  12. Brumwell p.29-31
  13. Browning p.139-40
  14. Pocock p.115
  15. Brumwell p.35-36
  16. Brumwell p.36-37
  17. Browning p.240-44
  18. Brumwell p.42-43
  19. Baker-Smith p.131-33
  20. History and chronology of James Wolfe in Great Britain
  21. Baker-Smith p.139
  22. Browning p.259-60
  23. Brumwell p.57-58
  24. Brumwell p.58-63
  25. Brumwell p.92-93
  26. Brumwell p.93-97
  27. Soldiers: A History of Men in Battle. John Keegan, Richard Holmes, John Gau; 1986; p.55
  28. Brumwell p. 111-15
  30. Brumwell p. 106
  31. Corbett. Volume I p. 202
  32. Black p.171
  33. Johnston p. 138
  34. Stanhope p. 110
  35. Brown p. 165
  36. Pockock p. 95
  37. Nelson p.22
  38. Dull p.144-45
  39. Dull p.142-46
  40. Snow p.21-30
  41. 41.0 41.1 General James Wolfe


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  • Wilson, Kathleen (editor). A New Imperial History. Culture, Identity and Modernity in Britain and the Empire, 1660–1840. Camrbidge University Press.
  • Willson, Beckles. "The Life and Letters of James Wolfe" 1909 online at [1]
  • Wright, Robert (1864). The Life of Major-General James Wolfe, London: Chapman and Hall, 626 p. (online)

Further reading

  • Bell, Andrew (1859). British-Canadian Centennium, 1759–1859: General James Wolfe, His Life and Death: A Lecture Delivered in the Mechanics' Institute Hall, Montreal, on Tuesday, September 13, 1859, being the Anniversary Day of the Battle of Quebec, fought a Century before in which Britain lost a Hero and Won a Province. Quebec: J. Lovell. pp. 52. 
  • Bradley, Arthur Granville (1895). Wolfe. London: Macmillan and Co., Limited. pp. 214. 
  • Burpee, Lawrence J. (1926). "James Wolfe". London & Toronto: Oxford University Press. pp. 690–691. 
  • Carroll, Joy (2006) (in French). Wolfe et Montcalm : la véritable histoire de deux chefs ennemis. trans. Suzanne Anfossi. Montréal: Éditions de l'Homme. pp. 362. ISBN 2-7619-2192-5. 
  • Casgrain, Philippe-Baby (1904) (in French). La maison de Borgia, premier poste de Wolfe à la bataille des Plaines d'Abraham : où était-elle située?. Ottawa: Chez Hope & Fils. pp. 45–62. 
  • Clarke, John Mason (1911). Results of Excavations at the Site of the French "Custom House" or "General Wolfe's House" on Peninsula Point in Gaspe Bay. Montréal: C.A. Marchand. pp. 23. 
  • Doughty, Arthur George (1901). The Siege of Quebec and the battle of the Plains of Abraham. 1–6. Quebec: Dussault & Proulx. 
  • Grove of Richmond (1759). A letter to a Right Honourable Patriot upon the glorious success at Quebec: in which is drawn a parallel between a good and bad general, a scene exhibited wherein are introduced (besides others) three of the greatest names in Britain, and a particular account of the manner of General Wolfe's death, with a postscript which enumerates the other conquests mentioned in the London address. London: J. Burd. pp. 58. 
  • Hibbert, Christopher (1959). Wolfe at Quebec. Cleveland: World Publishing, Green and Co.. pp. 194. 
  • Le Jeune, Louis (1931). "James Wolfe" (in French). Ottawa: Université d'Ottawa. pp. 818–821. 
  • Mauduit, Israel (1765). An Apology for the Life and Actions of General Wolfe: Against the Misrepresentations in a Pamphlet, called, A Counter Address to the Public, with some other Remarks on that Performance. London. pp. 69. 
  • Pringle, John Bart (1760). Life of General James Wolfe, the conqueror of Canada, or, The elogium of that renowned hero : attempted according to the rules of eloquence with a monumental inscription Latin and English to perpetuate his memory. London. pp. 36. 
  • Sabine, Lorenzo (1859). An Address Before the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, in the Hall of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, Tuesday, Sept. 13th, 1859: The hundredth anniversary of the death of Major General James Wolfe.... Boston: A. Williams & Co.. pp. 100. 
  • Salmon, Edward (1909). General Wolfe. Toronto: Cassell & Co.. pp. 248. 
  • Stacey, Charles P. (2000). "Wolfe, James" (in French). University of Toronto and Université Laval. 
  • Stacey, Charles P. (2000). "Wolfe, James". Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online. University of Toronto and Université Laval. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  • Sutherland, John Campbell (1926). General Wolfe. Toronto: Ryerson Press. pp. 31. 
  • "James Wolfe". Toronto: University Associates of Canada. 1948. pp. 315–316. 
  • Waugh, William Templeton (1928). James Wolfe, Man and Soldier. Montreal: Louis Carrier & Co. pp. 333. 
  • Webster, John Clarence (1925). A Study of the Portraiture of James Wolfe. Ottawa: Royal Society of Canada. pp. 47–65. 
  • Whitton, Frederick Ernest (1929). Wolfe and North America. London: Ernest benn Limited. pp. 420. 
  • Willson, Beckles (1909). The Life and Letters of James Wolfe. London: William Heinemann. pp. 522. 
  • Wolfe-Aylward, Annie Elizabeth Chenells (1926). The Pictorial life of Wolfe. Plymouth: Brendon and son, Ltd.. pp. 213. 
  • Wolfe: Portraiture and Genealogy. London: Permanent Advisory Committee of Quebec House. 1959. pp. 111. 
  • "Wolfiana". Archives & Research Library, New Brunswick Museum. New Brunswick Museum. 2003. Retrieved 10 September 2009. 
  • Wood, William (1915). The Winning of Canada: A Chronicle of Wolfe. Toronto: Glasgow, Brook & Co.. pp. 152. 

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