Jeremiah Dickson

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Major General Sir Jeremiah Dickson, (ca 1775 – 17 March 1848) K.C.B. was a British Army officer and colonial official.


He was the son of Right Reverend William Dickson, Bishop of Down. Dickson entered the army in 1798 joining the 8th Dragoons as a cornet and was promoted to lieutenant of the 2nd Dragoon Guards in 1799 and captain in 1803.[1]

He became a major in the quartermaster's department in 1806 and in 1812, he was appointed assistant quartermaster general[1] serving in Spain and Portugal during the Napoleonic Wars. For his services as assistant quartermaster general at the battles of Vitoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Orthez and Toulouse he received a gold cross and one clasp.[2] Dickson was also at the Battle of Waterloo and the capture of Paris.[3] He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1815. On 15 March 1818 he married Jemima, the youngest daughter of Thomas Brooke of Mere Hall in Cheshire.[4] He continued as assistant quartermaster general in England and Ireland after the wars[3] and was promoted colonel 27 May 1825.[4]

Appointed quarter master general in India on 12 July 1827,[4] Dickson was promoted to major general in 1837 and put in command of British forces in Nova Scotia. In 1844, he became colonel-in-chief of the 61st Foot Regiment and in August 1846, he served as Acting Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. He returned to England where he died on 17 March 1848 at Barskimming House, Mauchline, Ayrshire aged 73.[2][1]