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Alexander, Alexander (b. 1781/1782), soldier and writer

Matthew Brown

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography


Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/98237

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Alexander, Alexander (b. 1781/1782), soldier and writer, was born in Dundonald, Ayrshire, the illegitimate son of a wealthy Scottish merchant. Almost everything known about him comes from his remarkable autobiography, published in Edinburgh in 1830. After what he recalled as an unhappy childhood marred by physical violence, at the age ...

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Subjects: biography ; history

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