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Sir Martin Hunter

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SIR MARTIN HUNTER: (1757-1846), General, second son and heir of Cuthbert Hunter of Medonsley, Durham, by his wife Anne, daughter of the Rev. John Nixon of Haltwhistle, Northum berland, was born in 1757. On August 30, 1771 he was appointed Ensign in the 52nd Foot, in which he became Lieutenant 18 June 1775, Captain 21 Nov. 1777, and Major 30 October, 1790. He was with his regiment at Bunker’s Hill, and in Boston when blockaded by Washington, and made the campaigns of 1776-78, including the battles of Long Island and Brandywine, the storming of Fort Washington, the surprise of Wayne’s brigade, and other affairs. Hunter married on September 13th 1797, Jean, daughter and heiress of James Dickson of St. Anton’s Hill, Berwickshire; she died in 1845, leaving a family. At his death, which took place at his seat, St. Anton’s Hill on Dec. 1846, at the age of 90, he was said to be the last survivor of the officers present at the battle of Bunker’s Hill, June, 1775.


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