William Irvine M.D.

William Irvine M.D. (1741 - 1804)

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Gen. William Irvine M.D.
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Gen. William Irvine M.D. served in the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment during the American Revolution
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Brigadier General William Irvine, M.D. (1741-1804)

A native of Ireland and a graduate of Dublin University where he studied medicine, Dr. William Irvine left the British Navy and in 1764 settled in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. During his early days in Carlisle, he married Anne Callender.

At the start of the Revolution he was commissioned Colonel and commander of the Continental Army's 6th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. He was captured during action in Canada in June, 1776, was released two months later, and was exchanged in May, 1778. He then returned to active service as commander of the Second Pennsylvania Regiment. He was promoted to Brigadier General and commander of the Second Pennsylvania Brigade in 1779. Irvine remained in command until the end of the war, seeing action on Staten Island and in western Pennsylvania.[1]

Irvine was the logical choice to survey lands in western Pennsylvania for donation to men who had served during the War for Independence.

When the Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, charter was passed in the Legislature, he became a trustee of the College. Irvine served until his death.[2]From 1801-1804 he was President of the Philadelphia Branch of the Society of Cincinnati."

His remains were reinterred at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Burial Ground in 1952. Gloria Dei (Old Swedes) Church Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County Pennsylvania.[3]

Issue of Gen’l Wm. Irvine and Ann Callender – identical from 2 sources – General. Dep’t of Hall of Historical Society of Penn., 1300 Locust St., Phila. 7, Pa. And

Gen’l William’s family Bible – owned in 1954 by a great grand-son of the 8th daughter Rebecca – Edward Fayssoux Leiper Jr., Providence Road and Bishop Hollow, media, Pa.

  1. Callender Irvine, b. Jan. 24, 1775, d. Oct. 9 1841.
  2. Ann Nancy Irvine, b. March 2, 1778. D. Unmarried
  3. Mary, b. Nov. 1, 1780, d. Nov 8, 1781.
  4. William Neill, b. Nov.1, 1782 d. Sept. 25, 1854.
  5. Elizabeth, b. Jan 3, 1786, d. circa 1790.
  6. Mary Bullen Irvine Lewis, b. March 26, 1788, d.
  7. Armstrong, b. April 12, 1792, d. Jan. 15, 1817. Unmarried
  8. Rebecca Armstrong de Rosenthal, b. Oct. 23, 1794, d.Oct.23,1879.

Also spelled Rebekah. m. Dr. Peter Simons Fayssoux. 14 children, 27 grandchildren.

  1. Twins : James, b. Oct. 28, 1796, d. May 21, 1848.
  2. John, b. Oct. 28, 1796, d. October 1832
  3. Martha, b. March 9, 1799 – dying 15th May in the same year.[4]

William Irvine family papers Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections


Name: Gen. William /Irvine/[5]


Date: 3 November 1741
Place: Irland[6]


Death: Age: 62
Date: 29 July 1804
Place: Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA[7]


Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA[8]


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  1. Find A Grave: Memorial #21243068
  2. http://archives.dickinson.edu/people/william-irvine-1741-1804
  3. http://www.irvineclan.com/wi1741.htm
  4. Source: #S-638662520
  5. Source: #S-638662520
  6. Source: #S-638662520
  7. Source: #S-638662520
  • Source: S-638662520 Repository: #R-1099347873 Title: Web: Pennsylvania, Find A Grave Index, 1682-2012 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. APID: 1,70573::0
  • Repository: R-1099347873 Name: Ancestry.com

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