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Harry Burrard inherited land in Saint Helier and enabled the construction of a road

Sir Harry Burrard, 1st Baronet (1 June 1755 – 17 October 1813) was a British General during the Peninsular War.

After Woolwich Burrard joined the Royal Artillery, the 60th Foot and the 1st Foot Guards, seeing combat in the American Revolution and the Revolutionary Wars. He was captured during a raid on the Bruges canal in 1798. He led the 2nd Brigade during the 1799 Anglo-Russian campaign in Holland, fighting at the battles of Bergen, Egmont and Castricum. In 1807, he commanded the 1st Division at the siege of Copenhagen.

Sir Harry Burrard had long since passed his prime when he took over the British army in Portugal from Sir Arthur Wellesley in 1808. Wellesley was one of the most junior Lieutenant-Generals in the British army, so for reasons of protocol, a more senior officer had to be placed above him.

Burrard stopped Wellesley's pursuit of General Jean-Andoche Junot after Vimeiro. It was his only real order during his one day in command of the army. He was replaced the next day by an equally cautious Sir Hew Dalrymple who began negotiations with Junot which led to the infamous Convention of Cintra. Recalled to London for an inquiry into the treaty, Burrard was placed in retirement from active duty.

Miscellaneous

  • He was nicknamed Betty by his troops.[citation needed]
  • The Burrard Inlet was named after his cousin, also named Sir Harry Burrard (1765–1840), by George Vancouver in June 1792.
  • One of Burrard's sons was killed at the Battle of Corunna and another died in the breach at the Siege of San Sebastian.
  • He appears in Naomi Novik's fifth Temeraire novel, Victory of Eagles.

See also

  • Burrard (disambiguation)

References

Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Edward Morant
Henry Goodricke
Member of Parliament for Lymington
1780–1788
With: Thomas Dummer 1780–1781
Edward Gibbon 1781–1784
Robert Colt 1784–1788
Succeeded by
Robert Colt
George Rose
Preceded by
Robert Colt
George Rose
Member of Parliament for Lymington
1790–1791
With: Sir Harry Burrard-Neale
Succeeded by
Sir Harry Burrard-Neale
Nathaniel Brassey Halhead
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Harry Burrard-Neale
William Manning
Member of Parliament for Lymington
1802–1802
With: William Manning
Succeeded by
William Manning
John Kingston
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Harry Burrard
Governor of Calshot Castle
1787–1813
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cavan
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New title Baronet
(of Lymington)
1807–1813
Succeeded by
Charles Burrard

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