Richard England

Born 1793
Died 1883
Place of Birth Detroit, Michigan
Place of Death Titchfield, Hampshire
Gender Male
Biographical Notes Sir Richard England (1783-1883). Mrs Anne Plumptre in her Narrative of a Residence in Ireland (1817, p. 230) refers to ‘Captain England, an officer in the barracks at Fermoy’ who, In the summer of 1815, sketched a view of Fermoy Bridge for her. On this information, he can be identified as Sir Richard England, then of the 12th Regiment of Foot, who, in September 1814, in the church at Fermoy, had married Anna Maria, daughter of John Anderson Esq., of Fermoy, Co. Cork.
He was a member of the England family of Lifford, Co. Clare. His father, Sir Richard England (c. 1750-1812), served with distinction in the American campaigns (1775-1781) and was at one time commandant of Detroit, Michigan, where Richard was born. The latter, having entered the army as an ensign in 1808, was promoted lieutenant in 1809 and captain in 1811. His subsequent military career was most notable. He served in France, after Waterloo, then Ireland, the Cape, India and Afghanistan. Following this, he particularly distinguished himself in the Crimea in 1854-1855. He was appointed a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, and a Knight of the first class of the Order of the Medjidie. Ultimately promoted full general in 1863, he was placed on the retired list in 1877. So far, no evidence has been discovered to show that, after the summer of 1815, he ever again produced a sketch that was published.

Sources:

Dictionary of National Biography (London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885–1900), sub nomine.

Limerick Evening Post, Saturday 10 September 1814.

Landed Estates Database, Moore Institute, NUI Galway, at http://landedestates.nuigalway.ie:8080/LandedEstates/jsp/. Accessed 10.12.2017.

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