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

Matthew Brown

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780198614111
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/98237
Alexander, Alexander (b. 1781/1782), soldier and writer

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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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