GEN. SIR HECTOR MACLEAN. K.C.B.
Dec. 11. At Northwick-terrace, in his 93rd year, General Sir Hector Maclean, K.C.B. of the Hon. East India Company's service.
He was the third son of Hugh Maclean, laird of the Isle of Coil, by Jannette, eldest daughter of Macleod, of Talesker.
He was nominated a cadet on the Madras establishment in 1775, and sailed to India in the same ship with Lord Pigot, then proceeding to take charge of the government of Madras. As Ensign in the 5th Native Infantry, he was engaged in the expedition sent against the refractory rajahs to the northward of Arcot; and in 1778 was attached to a select corps of the army employed in the siege of Pondicherry. He shortly afterwards obtained his lieutenancy; and was variously employed in active service against the armies of Hyder Ali, and in the reduction of the Dutch fort Of Policat, until 1786, when he was promoted to captaincy in the 1st European Infantry, with the same rank by brevet in the King's army, and to the command of Cuddalore and its defences. In this position he continued until ordered to join the army of the Marquess Cornwallis at Bangalore; and in 1792 was present at the siege of Seringapatam. In 1795 he was promoted to the rank of Major in the 8th Native Infantry, and to the same rank by brevet in the King's army, and was variously employed until promoted to a Lieut.-Colonelcy in 1798, and appointed to the command of a native corps stationed at Ceylon. In the year 1800 , in command of the 9th regiment of Native Infantry, he was attached to the forces under the command of the Hon. Arthur Wellesley, (now Duke Of Wellington,) and from the latter end of that year, until 1803 commanded a brigade of the army, and earned distinguished honour by his cool courage and military skill; particularly in the capture of the strong fortresses of Asseer-Ghurr and Gowel-Ghurr, as well as at the battle of Argaum. After this he held the command of the forces stationed in the vicinity of Hyderabad until the year 1805. In the meantime be was promoted to the rank of Colonel (Sept. 1804), and to that of Major-General, in June 1811.
In Feb. 1815, Gen. Hector Maclean, as the reward Of his faithful, honourable, and efficient military service, was created a Knight Commander of the Most Hon. Order of the Bath. In 1821 he was further promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General, and in 1838 to that of General. Many years ago he retired from active service, and has since chiefly resided in London, in the deserved possession of the sincere esteem and respect of all who enjoyed the honour of his acquaintance.
Nichols, John, The Gentleman's Magazine, Obituary of Gen. Sir Hector MacLean. K.C.B. Volume 186, p. 91, London, 1849.
Alexander Maclean Sinclair, The Clan Gillean. 1899, Haszard and Moore. http://www.archive.org/stream/clangilleanwithp00sinc#page/380/mode/2up
Nicholas MacLean-Bristol, From Clan to Regiment (Six hundred years in the Herbrides 1400-2000). 2007 Pen and Sword Books, Ltd., p. 682
"Gen. Sir Hector MacLean K.C.B. (Obituary)." The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 186. July 1, 1849. Accessed November 10, 2014. http://books.google.ca/books?id=IxU2AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA91&lpg=PA91&dq.
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