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Sir David Dundas (1735-1820)

Cherbourg, 1758

[A report on the expedition under the Duke of Marlborough, 21 June to 1 July, to Cherbourg addressed from Portsmouth, July 2.d, 1758, by David Dundas to Col. David Watson] c.1758

Pen and ink on paper; one sheet of paper, folded in half | 31.8 x 40.6 cm (sheet; folded to 31.8 x 20.4 cm) | RCIN 732067.c

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A report on the expedition to Cherbourg, July 1758. Seven Years War (1756-63)

This appears to be a copy of David Dundas's letter; it is either not in his own hand, or, it is written in a great hurry. Dundas (1735-1820) had served as a young man (aged 15-20) on the Military Survey of Scotland (1747-55) under the direction of his uncle, Colonel David Watson (1713?-1761). In 1756, Dundas was one of a small group of young engineers, including William Roy, who had all served on the Military Survey and who went on to make reconnaissance surveys of the south of England under Watson's command.

  • Sir David Dundas (1735-1820) (author)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the letters L V G below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 854

    Condition: six fold lines

  • 31.8 x 40.6 cm (sheet; folded to 31.8 x 20.4 cm)

  • Assigned title:

    [A report on the expedition under the Duke of Marlborough, 21 June to 1 July, to Cherbourg addressed from Portsmouth, July 2.d, 1758, by David Dundas to Col. David Watson]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Cherbourg 29-30 June 1758.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil, erased, some numbers:] 9/1 [and] 8 [and] 5. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, in Mason's hand?]: VIII/ 57 [the ‘7’ is written over a faint ‘8’].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cherbourg A drawn Plan of Cherbourg and the adjacent Country relative to the Expedition under the Duke of Marlborough in June 1758: by D.D (David Dundas) with a copy of D.o on thin paper; and his letter giving an Account of the Expedition.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

     

  • Subject(s)

    Cherbourg-Octeville, Basse-Normandy, France (49°38'23"N 01°36'58"W)

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