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Reid, Mayne (04 April 1818–22 October 1883), author and soldier, was born Thomas Mayne Reid in Ballyroney, County Down, Ireland, the son of Thomas Mayne Reid, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife, whose maiden name may have been Rutherford. Reid studied at the Royal Academical Institution in Belfast from 1834 to 1838 in preparation for the ministry. He quit, opened a day school in Ballyroney, and taught there in 1838 and 1839. From this point on, details concerning Reid’s life are uncertain, because he boasted about himself, much of his fiction is wrongly regarded as autobiographical, and his widow’s biography of him is sometimes vague and inaccurate....