John Dyke Acland
Major John Dyke Acland (18 February 1746 – 31 October 1778 ), son of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 7th Baronet, was a British officer who fought in the American War of Independence and, later, a politician.
Acland was an officer in the 20th Foot. He served under General Burgoyne in his invasion of northern New York in 1777. On 7 October 1777, he was shot through the legs and taken prisoner at the Battle of Bemis Heights, near Stillwater, New York. His wife, Lady Harriet , was allowed to attend in the American camp and was well-treated by the American forces.
He was elected an MP in 1774.
Acland was grateful for the treatment received when recuperating as a prisoner of war. Upon returning to England he challenged a Lieutenant Lloyd to a duel when the latter spoke poorly of Americans at a dinner party. Although he survived the duel, he caught a cold during it from which he died at Pixton Park in 1778.
- Batty-Smith, Nigel. "John Dyke Acland Of Pixton". West Country Genealogy, Heraldry, and History. Retrieved 22 March 2006.
- Chambers Biographical Dictionary, ISBN 0-550-18022-2, page 6
- "John Dyke Acland". Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History. Volume 1. New York: Harper & Brothers. 1905. pp. 14–15.
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