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Wade, George

Born: 1673 AD
Died: 1748 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Captain, Military Officer

1673 – George Wade, born in Kilavally, Westmeath, Ireland. He was a British military commander.

1690 – Joined the British Army.

1692 – Served the Flanders, earning a promotion to Captain.

1702 – 1713 – He first served under Marlborough.

1702 – He was promoted to major and lieutenant colonel.

1704 – He was on the staff of Lord Galway, distinguishing himself at Alcantara and Villa Nova.

1708 – He was promoted to Brigadier General and was second in command to James Stanhope in Minorca.

1710 – Where at the Battle of Saragossa he earned a promotion to Major General.

1715 – He returned home to attempt politics before becoming involved in the suppression of the Jacobite rebellion.

1724 – He was sent to inspect Scotland by George I.

1725 – 1737 – Directed the construction of some 250 miles of road, plus 40 bridges (including the Tay Bridge at Aberfeldy). The roads linked the garrisons at Ruthven, Fort George, Fort Augustus, and Fort William.

1740 – He recommended the construction of barracks, bridges and proper roads to assist in the control of the region and was appointed Commander in Chief of His Majesty’s forces, castles, forts and barracks in North Britain within a month, tasked with carrying out these recommendations.

1742 – He was promoted to Lieutenant General and made a privy councillor.

1743 – He was made a Field Marshal and appointed to joint command of the Anglo-Austrian force in Flanders against the French, leading the British troops under George II at Dettingen.

1744 – He resigned from that command in March, returning home to be made commander-in-chief.

1748 – Died on the 14th of March.