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Sir David Baird, 1st Bt

(1757-1829), General

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 5 portraits
Baird entered the Army in 1772. He was sent to India where he saw active service and was held prisoner in Mysore for four years. Having briefly returned to Britain, in 1790 Baird returned to India where he captured Pondicherry in 1792 and was promoted to colonel. Baird was disappointed that command of the Indian continent was given to Lord Wellesley rather than to him. Instead, he was given command of the Indian army in its expedition to expel the French from Egypt in 1801. In 1804, he commanded the expedition to capture Cape Town and on his return was immediately sent to participate in the Peninsular War. Baird received his promotion to general in 1814, and he later served as commander-in-chief in Ireland.

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Sir David Baird, 1st Bt, attributed to Sir John Watson-Gordon - NPG 2195

Sir David Baird, 1st Bt

attributed to Sir John Watson-Gordon
oil on canvas, circa 1825
NPG 2195

The British Army in Egypt, by Anthony Cardon, after  Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg - NPG D1368

The British Army in Egypt

by Anthony Cardon, after Philippe Jacques de Loutherbourg
stipple engraving, published 1806
NPG D1368

Sir David Baird, by Thomas Hodgetts, published by  AlexandeR Hill, after  Sir Henry Raeburn - NPG D21214

Sir David Baird

by Thomas Hodgetts, published by AlexandeR Hill, after Sir Henry Raeburn
mezzotint, 1814 or after
NPG D21214

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General Sir David Baird Discovering the Body of the Sultaun Tippoo Saib

by John Burnet, published by Sir Francis Graham Moon, 1st Bt, after Sir David Wilkie
mezzotint, published 1 May 1843
NPG D49393

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