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George Robert Gleig, a Scottish author, born in Stirling, April 20, 1796. He abandoned his studies at Oxford to join as a volunteer a regiment going to Spain in 1813, and served both in the Peninsula and in America. On retiring from the army he resumed his studies at Oxford, took his degree, was ordained, and in 1844 was appointed chaplain to Chelsea hospital, and in 1846 chaplain general to the forces. His exertions to establish a system of education for the soldiers gained for him the office of inspector general of military schools. His works are for the most part histories or novels. Of the former, "The Family History of England" (1836; 2d ed., 1854) and the "Military History of Great Britain" (1845) are most esteemed; and of the latter, "The Subaltern" (1825), "Chelsea Pensioners" (1829), and "Country Curate" (1834). His eulogistic "Memoir of Warren Hastings" (1841) has been severely criticised. In 1858 he collected two volumes of his "Essays," chiefly from the "Edinburgh" and "Quarterly" reviews, and in 1859 published his chief work, a life of the duke of Wellington (new ed., 1862).