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Montgomery, Richardlocked

(02 December 1738–31 December 1775)
  • Paul David Nelson

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Montgomery, Richard (02 December 1738–31 December 1775), soldier, was born at Swords, County Dublin, Ireland, the son of Thomas Montgomery, a baronet and member of the Irish Parliament, and Mary Franklin (or Franklyn). As befitted a son of landed gentry, he received a liberal education. After attending St. Andrews School, he enrolled in Trinity College, Dublin, in 1754 but remained there for only two years. Following the advice of his father and his brother, Alexander Montgomery, he joined the British army on 21 September 1756 as an ensign in the Seventeenth Regiment and began service in the Seven Years’ War. He was sent to Canada in 1757, and a year later he took part in the siege of Louisbourg, where he was promoted to lieutenant. In 1759 he accompanied Sir ...

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