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Burgoyne, John

Born: 1722 AD
Died: 1792 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Dramatist, General

1737 – Nicknamed "Gentleman Johnny", entered the army at an early age of 15.

1743 – Made a runaway marriage to Lady Charlotte Stanley.

Burgoyne was called The French and Indian War.

1758 – He became captain and Lieutenant Colonel in the Foot Guards.

1758-1759 – Participated in expeditions made against the French coast.

1761 – Sat in parliament for Midhurst.

1762 – Served as Brigadier General in Portugal.

         – Winning particular distinction by his capture of Valencia d’Alcantara and of Vila Velha.

1768 – Became M.P. for Preston.

Become a Major-General, having convinced King George III of General Carleton’s faults and taking his place.

1775 – Wrote plays "The Maid of the Oaks".

1777 – Head of the British reinforcements designed for the invasion of the colonies from Canada.

1782 – He was restored to his rank, given a colonelcy and made commander-in-chief in Ireland and a privy


1783 – After the fall of the Rockingham government, Burgoyne withdrew more and more into private life.

1786 – Wrote The Heiress, which ran through ten editions within a year, and was translated into several

foreign languages.

1792 – General Burgoyne died on 4th of August.

1897 – Subject of George Bernard Shaw’s play "The Devil’s Disciple".