Born in Scotland. Entered the army 1787. Served throughout the Peninsular War, 1808 - 1814; in 1821 commanded a regiment in India; conducted the Burmese War; and in 1826 - 1829, governor of British Burmah. From 1831 - 1837 Lieutenant governor of New Brunswick. Came into conflict with the Assembly over questions of Crown lands, revenues and the Civil List bill. Dissolved the House 1834. Opposed to political reform, resigned 1836.
Tiré de Burpee, Lawrence J., Encyclopedia of Canadian History, Makers of Canada Series, vol 12, 1927.