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Sir Harry Burrard

British General
(1755-1813)

An experienced veteran of many British campaigns in America, Flanders and Denmark, Sir Harry Burrard had long since past his prime when he took over the British army in the Peninsula from Sir Arthur Wellesley.

Nicknamed Betty by his troops, Burrard stopped Wellesley's pursuit of a beaten General Jean-Andoche Junot after Vimiero - the only real order of his one-day in command of the army.

He was replaced by an equally cautious Sir Hew Dalrymple who began negotiations with Junot which led to the infamous Convention of Cintra.

Recalled to London for an inquiry into the treaty, Burrard was placed in retirement from active duty.

 
 
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