Marcus Beresford (British Army officer, born 1764)

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Brigadier-General Marcus Beresford (1 June 1764 – 6 January 1803) was an Irish soldier and Member of Parliament.

He was a son of the Archbishop of Tuam, William Beresford, by his wife Elizabeth, sister of John FitzGibbon, 1st Earl of Clare.[1]

Beresford began his military career when he was commissioned as an ensign into the 9th Regiment of Foot on 26 October 1786.[2] He was promoted to lieutenant on 30 June 1787[3] and then to captain in the 27th Regiment of Foot, later commanding an Independent Company.

On 31 October 1793 he was promoted to first major in the 102nd Regiment of Foot (Trench's)[4] and on 26 November 1794 to lieutenant-colonel in the 135th Regiment of Foot (Sir Vere Hunt's).[5] He was appointed Lieutenant-General of the Irish Ordnance in 1800[6] and promoted full colonel on 1 January 1801.[7]

He represented St Canice in the Irish House of Commons from 1790[8] to 1794 and Swords from 1798 until the Act of Union 1800.[9] On 22 June 1802, he was breveted to the local rank of brigadier-general in the Windward and Leeward Islands.[10]

The West Indies garrisons were infamous for mortality through tropical diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever. Accordingly, Beresford made out a will on 23 November 1802 in Barbados. This proved to be a wise precaution, as he died there on 6 January.[11][12] He died unmarried, predeceasing his father, who was created Baron Decies in 1812 and succeeded by Marcus's younger brother John in 1819.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Edmund Lodge, The Peerage of the British Empire, third edition (London, 1834) page 135
  2. ^ "no. 12823". The London Gazette. 23 January 1787. p. 34. 
  3. ^ "no. 12919". The London Gazette. 11 September 1787. p. 413. 
  4. ^ "no. 13625". The London Gazette. 22 February 1794. p. 160. 
  5. ^ "no. 13749". The London Gazette. 7 February 1795. p. 124. 
  6. ^ "no. 15306". The London Gazette. 1 November 1800. p. 1228. 
  7. ^ "no. 15326". The London Gazette. 10 January 1801. p. 38. 
  8. ^ "no. 13203". The London Gazette. 25 May 1790. p. 315. 
  9. ^ Leigh Rayment, Irish House of Commons 1692-1800. Accessed 7 April 2012.
  10. ^ "no. 15490". The London Gazette. 19 June 1802. p. 650. 
  11. ^ Buckley, Roger Norman (1998). The British Army in the West Indies. University Press of Florida. p. 278. 
  12. ^ "Deaths abroad". Monthly magazine and British register. 16: 503. 1803. 
Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
John Monck Mason
Hon. Richard Annesley
Member of Parliament for St Canice
1790–1794
With: John Monck Mason
Succeeded by
John Monck Mason
Sylvester Douglas
Preceded by
Francis Synge
Charles Cobbe
Member of Parliament for Swords
1798–1800
With: Francis Synge
Constituency abolished
Government offices
Preceded by
Thomas Pakenham
Lieutenant-General of the Irish Ordnance
1800
Office abolished