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lawsuit between the two Chaigneau brothers and General Strode, Colonel of the 62nd regiment



In 1775, William Hickey, the famous diarist, records a lawsuit between the two Chaigneau brothers and General Strode, Colonel of the 62nd regiment and, until that point, a close friend. The General had, for 20 years, refused to look at the regimental accounts, and was only forced to do so when the brothers closed the partnership books to admit a new partner. They then forcibly drew his attention to each year’s accounts in turn. This enraged the General so much that he disputed the figures and brought charges of cheating and “rascality” against them. The friendship abandoned, the brothers responded with an action for slander which was fought for 11 years through the London courts, with the General losing the action on each occasion until finally the case reached the House of Lords. Their Lordships dismissed the General’s claims as frivolous and vexatious, and awarded damages and costs to the Chaigneau brothers. Hickey’s father, the well-known London solicitor of the day, acted for them, and the case cost General Strode £11,000, an immense sum in those days.

Lieutenant General William Strode

Born 1698  Died 14/1/1776

Buried at Westminster Abbey where his monument reads: "Near this place lye the remains of William Strode Esq. Lieutenant General of His Majestys forces and Colonel of the LXII Regiment of Foot. He departed this life Jan. XIIII, MDCCLXXVI, in the LXXVIII year of his age. Who constantly attended his duty, both at home and abroad, during a course of upwards of LX years service. He was a strenuous assertor of both civil and religious liberty, as established at the Glorious Revolution by King William the Third. Military reader, go thou, and do likewise."  Battle of Prestonpans  has some interesting info on Strode and his court-martial.


British National Archives, WO 71


Linked toJohn Chaigneau; Col. William Chaigneau

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