Matthew Aylmer was born in 1775 the eldest of 5 children of Henry Aylmer, 4th Lord Aylmer, and Catherine Whitworth. The Irish title was created in 1718, Baron of Balrath, County Meath. Aylmer never held an English title. He was a competent soldier, being praised for his conduct at Egmont-op-Zee by the CO of the 49th Foot, Isaac Brock, and receiving the Army Gold Cross after attending most of the battles in the Peninsular War. His time as Lieutenant Governor of Lower Canada was a bitter disappointment to him. He started with little experience of the job but great enthusiasm. He was determined to avoid the accusation of showing favoritism to the English and made an effort to treat French and English with equal fairness, but he was distrusted by the French, and the Legislature made life difficult for him. The Assembly passed 92 resolutions of grievance and demanded that the British government re-call him. He was ordered back to England the following year and two years later rebellion broke out. Whilst in office he supported his wife, Louisa, in her work during the Cholera epidemic of 1831-2, helping the sick and their dependants. She also took a great interest in education, visiting schools and bestowing prizes on the children.
1775 Born on 24th May
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