7th Light Dragoons

General Sir David Dundas GCB

David Dundas came from a genteel but impoverished Scottish family in Edinburgh. He served in many campaigns and reached the heights as Commander in Chief of the Forces in 1809. He was an advocate of officer training but disliked the trend towards light infantry. He was a great admirer of Frederick the Great and earned the nick-name Old Pivot for his preference for Prussian style drill. In later life he was very much the 'Old Man' with his stoop and skeletal appearance, causing the young officers to regard him as a figure of fun.

1735 Born in Scotland
1755 Commissioned into the RA
1756 transferred to 56th Foot as lieutenant
1760 Battle of Warburg
1762 Cuba
1778 QMG in Ireland, until 1789
1790 Major General
1791 Colonel of 22nd Foot, until 1795
1793 Second in command at Battle of Toulon
1794 Commanded at Invasion of Corsica
1794 Flanders campaign
1795 Colonel of 7th Light Dragoons, until 1801
1796 QMG, until 1803
1797 Lieut-General
1799 Commanded 3rd Division at the Helder
1801 Colonel of Scots Greys, until 1813
1802 General
1803 Command of Kent and Sussex
1804 GCB
1804 Governor of Royal Hospital, Chelsea, until his death
1805 Semi retirement
1807 Chaired the hearing against Le Marchant
1809 Colonel-in-Chief of Rifle Brigade, until his death
1809 Colonel-in-Chief of the Forces
1813 Colonel of 1st Kings Dragoon Guards, until his death
1820 Died in Chelsea on 18th Feb.

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