1783 - 1859 (75 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and 10 descendants in this family tree.
||Charles Murray Cathcart |
||21 Dec 1783
||16 Jul 1859
||8 Sep 2010 |
||Henrietta Mather, b. Abt 1801, d. 24 Jun 1872, Inch House, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland (Age ~ 71 years) |
||30 Sep 1818
||Boulogne, , , France
||18 Apr 2016 |
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- 2nd Earl Cathcart
a British Army general who became Governor General of the Province of Canada and Lieutenant Governor of Canada West (26 November 1845 ? 30 January 1847).
entered the army as a cornet in the 2nd life guards on 2 March 1800. He served on the staff of Sir James Craig in Naples and Sicily. His father held the titles of Viscount Cathcart and Baron Greenock and therefore C. M. Cathcart went under the name of Lord Greenock.
He saw service in the Walcheren Expedition in 1809 and the siege of Flushing, after which for some time he was disabled by the injurious effects of the pestilence which cut off so many thousands of his companions. Becoming lieutenant-colonel on 30 August 1810, he embarked for the Peninsula, where he was present in the battles of Barossa, for which he received a gold medal on 6 April 1812, of Salamanca, and of Vittoria, during which he served as assistant quartermaster-general.
He was next sent to assist Lord Lynedoch in Holland as the head of the quartermaster-general's staff, and was afterwards present at the Battle of Waterloo, where he had three horses shot under him. He was awarded the Russian order of St. Wladimir, the Dutch order of St. Wilhelm, and the CB.
In 1823 he was appointed a lieutenant-colonel in the royal staff corps at Hythe.
In 1830 he moved to Edinburgh where he became involved in the proceedings of the Highland Society, chose to become a member of the Royal Society and where he announced the discovery of a new mineral, a sulphate of cadmium, which was found in excavating the Bishopton tunnel near Port Glasgow and which is now known as Greenockite.
On 17 February 1837 he was made Commander of the forces in Scotland and governor of Edinburgh Castle. On 17 June 1838, on the death of his father, he became second earl and eleventh baron Cathcart. On 16 March 1846 he was appointed commander-in-chief in British North America from 16 March 1846 and in 1850 he was appointed to the command of the Northern and Midland District, and in 1854 he retired