GLEIG, George Robert. Stirling 20.4.1796 — Stratfield Turgis near Winchfield 9.7.1888. Rev. British (Scottish) Priest and Historian of Colonial India. Son of George Gleig (1753–1840), Bishop of Brechin, and Janet Hamilton, educated in Glasgow. Studied theology at Balliol College, Oxford. Leaving his studies unfinished he entered the army in 1812 and served in Iberian Peninsula and America. After peace returned to Oxford in 1816, now completed B.A. and M.A. “Took his degree 1819, ordained 1820; Chaplain of Chelsea Hospital 1834, Chaplain-General of the Forces, 1844-75.” His life of W. Hastings was characterized as a mixture of undigested collection of letters and of panegyric. Married 1819 Sarah Cameron, ten children.
Publications: Wrote mainly reviews and articles, also The Life of Sir Thomas Munro. 1-3. 12+520, 4+454, 8+437 p. L. 1830; The History of British Empire in India. 1-4. L. 1830-35; Sale’s Brigade in Afghanistan. 182 p. L. 1847; The life of Robert, first Lord Clive. 6+314 p. L. 1848; Memoirs on the Life of Warren Hastings. 1-3. 16+544, 4+591, 4+546 p. L. 1841; many further works on Western history and on theology, also fiction.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; G.B.S[mith], D.N.B. 21, 1890, 424f.; *Oxford D.N.B.; Wikipedia
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