Richard Dunn Pattison

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Richard Phillipson Dunn Pattison (1874 – 8 March 1916) was a British soldier and academic historian specialising in military history.

Pattison was the son of Alexander Dunn Pattison, who was an Advocate of Old Kilpatrick, Dumbarton, and his wife Minnie Phillipson.[1] He studied at New College, Oxford, and also served with the 91st Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and became Professor of History at Oxford University. He became distinguished military historian and after publishing `War' in 1904, followed it up with Napoleon’s Marshals in 1909. This classic work, containing detailed biographical sketches of the 24 Marshals of France appointed by Napoleon, was republished in 2007. His history of the Black Prince is a popular and scholarly biography, as is his history of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

Dunn Pattison served in World War I and was a Captain in the 6th Battalion (Territorial), Devonshire Regiment. He was killed in action in Mesopotamia.[2]

Pattison married Mary Winifred Wilkes who was at Girton College. She was the daughter of Rev. Alpheus Wilkes and brother of Paget Wilkes, whose biography she wrote.[3] The couple had two daughters.

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  • Napoleons Marshals 1909 Methuen, Republished 2007 ISBN 978-1-4286-2926-4
  • The Black Prince 1910 Methuen
  • The History of the 91st Argyllshire Highlanders 1910 William Blackwood & Son
  • Figures in European History 1912 Rivingtons


  1. ^ Dalmuir House
  2. ^ Bournemouth St Peter's Roll of Honour
  3. ^ M W Dunn Pattison Ablaze for God – The life story of Paget Wilkes (1937)

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