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CHARLES MURRAY "II EARL OF CATHCART" CATHCART - AUTOGRAPH FRAGMENT SIGNED - HFSID 24075

CHARLES MURRAY CATHCART, II EARL OF CATHCART The II Earl of Cathcart pens a message in this letter's extract Autograph Fragment Signed: "Cathcart" in iron gall ink. 4¼x2½. In part: "…and I find my tickets go a legging. Very faithfully, yours. Cathcart".

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CHARLES MURRAY CATHCART, II EARL OF CATHCART

The II Earl of Cathcart pens a message in this letter's extract

Autograph Fragment Signed: "Cathcart" in iron gall ink. 4¼x2½. In part: "…and I find my tickets go a legging. Very faithfully, yours. Cathcart". Charles Murray Cathcart, II Earl of Cathcart (b. 1783-1800), the eldest surviving son of William Schaw Cathcart, 1st Earl Cathcart entered the army as a cornet in the 2nd life guards on March 2, 1800. He served on the staff of Sir James Craig in Naples and Sicily. He became heir apparent to the lordship of Cathcart in 1804 earldom after his brother William Cathcart, Master of Cathcart, died while commanding a Royal Navy vessel in the West Indies. After his father was elevated to an earldom in 1814 he became known by the courtesy title Lord Greenock. Cathcart saw service in the Walcheren Expedition in 1809 and the siege of Flushing, after which for some time he was disabled by the injurious effects of the pestilence which cut off so many thousands of his companions. Becoming lieutenant-colonel on August 30, 1810, he embarked for the Peninsula, where he was present in the battles of Barossa, for which he received a gold medal on April 6, 1812 of Salamanca and of Vittoria, during which he served as assistant quartermaster-general. Cathcart was next sent to assist Lord Lynedoch in Holland as the head of the quartermaster-general's staff, and was afterwards present at the Battle of Waterloo, where he had three horses killed under him. He was awarded the Russian order of St. Wladimir, the Dutch order of St. Wilhelm, and the CB. In 1823 Cathcart was appointed a lieutenant-colonel in the royal staff corps at Hythe. In 1830 he moved to Edinburgh where he lived at "Whitehouse villa" on Bruntsfield Links and became involved in the proceedings of the Highland Society, became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and where he announced the discovery of a new mineral, a sulphide of cadmium, which was found in excavating the Bishopton tunnel near Port Glasgow and which is now known as Greenockite. On February 17, 1837 he was made Commander-in-Chief, Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle. On June 17, 1838, following the death of his father, he became second earl and eleventh baron Cathcart. On March 16, 1846 he was appointed commander-in-chief in British North America from March 16, 1846 and in 1850 he was appointed to the command of the Northern and Midland District, and in 1854 he retired. Lightly toned and soiled. Adhesive residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

  

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