Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
Alured Clarke (see here),
He mar 12 Feb 1770 to Kitty Hunter [born 1743],
She already had two illegitimate sons by two different fathers, both of them Earls.
He became Major of 54th Regiment of Foot 1771.
A letter survives in Denbighshire Record Office, written by Alured to a Clarke relative, 1775, from Charles Fort, Kinsale, Ireland. He is about to be posted to North America. Kitty going with him. (This was the American Revolutionary War 1775 to 1783).
Alured became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 7th Regiment of Foot 1777.
By 1778 Kitty was back in Europe, staying with her sister Mary Henrietta at Ravensdale Park, Co.Louth. Alured stayed in North America.
Kitty's son Augustus Reebkomp served with Royal Navy in America 1779-83.
A letter of 14 Sept 1779 [Pembroke Papers, vol.I] says Kitty is "very ill at Bristol".
Alured took charge of all British troops in Georgia in 1780.
He became Colonel of the 7th Regiment of Foot in 1782.
American Revolutionary War ended 1783.
Governor of Jamaica,
Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec and Lower Canada:
He was Governor of Jamaica (which Kitty's grandfather had been Governor of) 1784-90.
He became Major general 1790.
He was Lieutenant Governor of Quebec 1790-91.
He was Lieutenant Governor of Lower Canada 1791-93.
He returned to England 1793.
Kitty died 18 Aug 1795, age 52 yrs [burial record].
[Raymond Crawfurd] says she died in Buxton, Derbyshire.
She was bur at St.George's Hanover Square, London (where her stepmother was buried). See burial register, entry 207.
The burial ground was not at the church but rather some distance away at the NE side of Hyde Park. The burial ground has since been cleared.
Governor-General of India,
Commander-in-chief of India:
Alured was sent to India in 1795. En route he and his forces stopped in South Africa and defeated a Dutch army at Wynberg, 1795. Arrived India 1796.
Commander-in-chief of the Madras Army 1796-1797. Became Lieutenant-general 1796-97.
Knighted: He was knighted (Knight Companion of the Order of the Bath) in 1797.
He was briefly Governor-General of India 1798. Commander-in-chief of the Bengal Army
Commander-in-chief of the British forces in all of India 1798 to 1801.
Returned to England 1801.
General: He became full General in the Army in 1802.
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (K.G.C.B.) 1815.
He lived Mansfield St, London (see map), there as at 1822.
He often stayed at his sister's house Rhual. Think he had no country house of his own.
There is a deed of gift from him to the Montgomerys 17th June 1822, original deposited with Earl of Pembroke: "said transfers were so made by Sir Alured Clarke from the regard he had for the said late Capt Augustus Montgomery" [his stepson] "and then had for his family".
Field Marshal: He finally rose to become Field Marshal Sir Alured Clarke 1830 (highest military rank of the UK).
He died 16th Sept 1832,
(some distance to the S of Rhual),
age 87 yrs.
He was bur 22 Sept 1832 [church burial register] at St.Mary's church, off High St, Mold (see map and street view).
He was bur in the Rhual vault beside church. Grave now gone, was cleared along with other graves in 1950s. Memorial to him survives inside church.
Sir Alured Clarke listed as the most senior General in the Army in [Treble Almanac 1829, p.141].
Still linked to the 7th Regiment of Foot.
The disused burial ground on 1938 map.
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