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OFFICERS COMPANION FOR MAY 1813.
LT.-GEN. SIR EYRE COOTE, K. B. & Knight of the Crescent ;
Colonel of the 36th Regt. Foot; 8. M. P. for Barnstaple. To be prevented the indulgence of expressing admiration
and respect for brave men during their existence, from the idea some individuals may entertain that the object in so doing is to court particular favour, would argue no inconsiderable degree of weakness on the part of the writer of this biography, and a want of justice to the present race of meritorious officers.
Sir Eyre Coote, youngest son of the late Charles Coote, Dean of Kilfernora, brother to Lord Castle Coote, and nephew of the late Sir Eyre Coote, the Commander of the British forces in India, Fery early displayed a particular ambition for military pursuits.—In the year 1776, after finishing at Eton the education which he had commenced in the University of Dublin, this gallant officer began his career in the 37th regiment, in which corps he carried the coluars at the battle of Brooklyn, Long Island, &c.—He was present at the reduction of Fort Washington and York Island; also in the expedition to Rhode Island and the Chesapeake; the battles of Brandywine, German-town, Monmouth, New Jersey, and at the siege of Mad Island.-As Captain in the same regiment he was present at the attack of Washington's Dragoons at New Jersey, and made the whole campaign in the provinces of New York and South Carolina; was at the siege of Charlestown in the campaign in Virginia, and at that of York Town, where he was taken prisoner. Upon his release, Captain Coote returned home, and after performing duty five years in Ireland, as Major of the 17th regiment, he was Protnoted to the Lieutenant-Colonelcy of the 70th in 1788,