Gerard Lake

(1744—1808) army officer

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(1744–1808), British general. As commander of the army in Ulster during 1797 Lake oversaw the campaign of repression that partially broke the United Irish organization there. Having succeeded Abercromby as commander-in-chief in March 1798, he initiated a policy of terror to force the surrender of arms in the counties round Dublin. Following the outbreak of rebellion, he ordered subordinate commanders to take no prisoners. He later served in India and became Viscount Lake of Delhi in 1807.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.

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