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Hugh Owen (1784-1861), Soldier in service of Portugal

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Fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese, Hugh Owen was a valuable British officer in the Spanish Peninsular War. In 1810, he was made Captain of Cavalry in the Portuguese army, which was being reorganised by British officers, and led his brigade at the battle of Vitoria in 1813. After the war, Owen stayed with the Portuguese army but left in 1820, after the Portugese monarchy was deposed. His book, The Civil War in Portugal and the Siege of Oporto (1836) was published in English and Portuguese.

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Hugh Owen

by Unknown artist
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, 1808
NPG 975