Duke of Wellington
Person Male Born 1/5/1769 Died 14/9/1852
Born Arthur Wesley (later Wellesley) in Dublin to Irish parents. After the Battle of Waterloo in which 60,000 died Wellington wrote to a friend "Next to a battle lost, the greatest misery is a battle gained". His view of the ordinary soldier: "the scum of the earth".
Master-General of the Ordnance 1819–1827.
Odd fact: As Constable of the Tower of London (1826-52) it was Wellington who, in 1832, moved the troublesome wild animals out of the Tower to Regents Park to join the other creatures in the newly formed Zoological Society of London.
Died at home in Kent. His funeral was quite something - see the London Historians' post.
Wellington is seen by many as a colonial adventurer in India who, as prime minister, oversaw Britain’s brutal colonial policy around the world.