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King James edition bible, Sir John Moore, 1770

Printed in Edinburgh, 1767.

The bible was reputedly given to General Sir John Moore (1761-1809).

Born in Glasgow, John Moore was commissioned into the 51st Regiment in 1776 and saw action in the American War of Independence (1775-83) from 1776, before returning home to spend six years as a Whig MP. After service in Corsica, the West Indies, Ireland, Holland and Egypt, Moore established a training camp at Shorncliffe, Kent where light infantry tactics were taught to selected units.

In September 1808 Moore was given command of the British Army in Portugal. He advanced deep into Spain, planning to co-operate with Spanish forces against the French, but the surrender of Madrid and the arrival of Napoleon with a large army forced him to retreat. On 16 January 1809 he defeated his pursuers at Corunna, but was killed in the battle. Nevertheless, this victory enabled his exhausted army to be evacuated safely by the Royal Navy.

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NAM. 1996-11-16-1


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National Army Museum, Study Collection

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