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Introduction - The Action in this book takes place from Early April 1815 until a few days after Waterloo, which was fought on the 18 of June 1815. The following is a list of people in the battle - metnioned in the book and so on - mostly they are just brief biography's - occassionally I have a link to where you might get a longer or more substantial biography of them. Sometimes there is a book mentioned. These are by no means the most substantial lists - nor are they all the information you can find on the web or in books about them. Wellington for instance is well served with a large number of biographies and websites devoted just to him.
To use this page to the best advantage I would advise using the 'find' function of your browser to find a specific character - or you can scroll down the list as it is in alphabetical order. All characters are listed by the their title if they have one, or by their surname.
DIVISION NUMBERSNew Old Waterloo General 1 1 General Cooke. 2 6 Sir Henry Clinton. 3 5 Sir C. Alten. 4 2 Sir C. Colville. 5 3 Sir Thomas Picton. 6 4 Sir Lowry Cole. The Cavalry, of course, was under Lord Uxbridge (later the Marquis of Anglesey).
ADAM, General Sir Frederick (1781-1853)He commands the British Light Brigade which lincludes the 1st Battalion of Colbornes' 52nd, the 71st Highlanders, he 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 95th regiment, Colonel Du Plat's Brigade of the KGL and Hew Halkett's Hanoverian Landwehr battalions. He is injured in the battle
ADJUTANT-GENERALSee Barnes, Major-General
d'AGLIÈ, CountAmongst the Generals who think Prince on Blücher is a rum touch, a commisioner from the Netherlands
ALAVA, General Don Miguel de (1771-1843)(and his wife) A short sallow-faced Spaniard. He had been Commisar to Wellington during the Peninsular War, he was also present at the battle of Trafalgar.
ALEXANDER, Emperor of Russia (1777-1825)A little difficult to deal with, was an ally of Napoleon's.
ALASTAIR, Lord George (Fictional)A wild young man, very like his sister, Lady Barbara Childe. He is 26 years old and the very physical spit of his grandfather Dominic, Duke of Avon. He is in an elite Foot regiment, a Life Guardsman and is over 6 feet tall. He is described as"a very dark young man with curling black hair, and dashing whiskers, gleaming white teeth, and a pair of bold, fiery eyes" and has an air of perfect sang-froid. Lord George has contracted a secret marriage to Lucy Devenish
ALASTAIR, Lord Harry (Fictional)An 18 year old ensign in an elite regiment of Foot with General Maitland. the is described as "a young gentleman with embryonic whiskers and a sandy head". He is immensely good-natured in the true nature of Heyer's young society bucks.
ALLIX,Generale Jacques-Alexandre-Francois (Allix de Vaux)Commander of a French division in the second wave of attack on the Allies, his division in two brigades led by Quiot and Bourgeois march side by side and move to encircle the fortified farmhouse of la Haye Sainte which formed the centre of the Allied line. Baring's German's defended the orchard. 1st Division - Allix Brigade Quiot - 4 bases (54th, 55th line) - Brigade Bourgeois - 4 bases (28th, 108th line) 1 Medium foot artillery battery
ALTEN, Sir Charles, von (1764-1840)Led the Kings German Legion (KGL) in the Peninsular and leads the third division here. He is injured at Waterloo but highly distinguished himself in the Duke's dispatches. He was later creared Count.
ANGOULÊME, Louis de Bourbon, Duc d' (1775-1844)Nephew of Louis XVIII
ANGOULÊME, Marie Therese, Duchesse d'(1778-1851)Redoutable - wife of the Duc, and heir to the throne of France (?????)
ANNESLEY, CatharineSee Somerset, Catharine
ANNESLEY, FrancesSee Frances Wedderburn Webster The more beautiful of the two Annesley sisters, both blondes (see Catharine Somerset). She was wilder and is thought to have had an affiar with Lord Byron, she at least had a lock of his hair. Her mother is Lady Mountnorris.
ARDEN, MissesWhen rejected by Lady Barbara at Lady Vidal's party, Colonel Audley flirts with them.
AREMBERG, Duc d'Berthier is staying with him.
ARTENDTSCHILDTA German light dragoon and Hussar commander who speaks very bad English. He supports General Kruse's Nassau troops in reserve at Waterloo
ASSCHE, Marquis(e) d'Belgian noble in Brussels, he later said he could have willingly strangled The Duke of Wellington for all the unconcern he appeared to show at the Duchess of Richmond's ball - the Marquise watched darkly as the Duke played ardent court to Lady Frances Webster.
ASSCHE, Madame d'With whom the Duke of Wellington dances at the fête thrown in honour of the King and Queen of the Netherland's and held at the Hôtel de Ville. Also so Madame d'Ursel. Lord Uxbridge is brought here after Waterloo to recuperate following the amputation of his leg.
D'AUBREMÉ, Counthas a Dutch-Belgic brigade in Lord Hill's 2nd corp. They have to be forced to stand by having English cavalry close their lines of retreat
AUDLEY, Charles, Colonel (fictional)Younger brother and only sibling of the Earl of Worth, Julian Audley. Charles is the hero of An Infamous Army. He has been a soldier for many years serving on the Duke of Wellington's staff first in the Peninsular and now in Brussels. His army rank is Colonel but his regimental rank is Major. He presents a very handsome picture having a good leg, curling brown locks and neatly trimmed whiskers. He is also languid and good natured except in battle when he has boundless energy. He is liked by all. He is the eldest of the Duke of Wellington's staff and is 34 years old.
AUDLEY, Julian(1) (Fictional)See Earl of WORTH
AUDLEY, Julian(2) (Fictional)See Lord TEMPERLY
AUDLEY, Judith (Fictional)See Countess of WORTH
AVON, Duke of (DOMINIC) (Fictional)Lady Barbara, Marquis Vidal(2), Lord Harry and Lord George's grandfather. He is married to Mary, Duchess of Avon (From Devil's Cub) and is still a stiff martinet. He and the Duchess turn up unexpectedly in Brussels as everyone else is evacuating the city. His heir is his grandson, The Marquis Vidal.
AVON, Duchess of (Mary) (Fictional)See Avon, Dominic, Duke of - see or see the book 'Devils Cub'
BACHELUFrench general sent to gain Hougoumont late in the afternoon with Prince Jerome and Foy.
BARING, Major GeorgeA British officer he commands the second light Battalion of Ompteda's Kings German Legion -by 6pm on the evening at Waterloo there are some 376 men to defend La Haie Saint at Waterloo. It has been referred to as a 'tenacious garrison'. It came under ferocious fire - only 41 men including Baring, survived.
'BARNES BOY' unnamed-(real?)Henry Clinton tells Judith that "one of the 'Barnes Boy's' lost their head over Lady Barbara" he is probably referring to one of the Adjutant General's staff.
BARNES, Major General Sir Edward (1776-1838)The Adjutant General, also nicknamed 'Fire Eater' , "sharp faced and fiery spirited". Hamilton is some sort of aide for him. Barnes is seen departing Brussells with some haste in the afternoon of the 18th of June - probably towards the battlefield for news - he returns a little after 10pm that night with the news that the battle is sure to be won for the French
BATHURST, Lord, (Henry, 3rd Earl) (1762-1835)British Secretary of State for War during Waterloo. He is married to a sister of the 4th Duchess of Richmond.
BEANE, Major GeorgeCommanded D Troop of Horse Artillery, one of eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. It had been re-equpped with 9 pound guns just before the war. With the German artillery brigades of Kuhlmann and Cleeve, and the British brigades of Webber-Smith, Ramsay and Bull's artillery brigades each with 6 guns, and 80 or more gunners and drivers, they were ranged in front of Alten (3rd) and Cooke's(1st) divisions west of the Chausée at Waterloo. He was killed at Waterloo.
BEAUFORT, Duc and Duchesse deOf the Dutch or Belgian nobles invited to the Duke of Wellington's party, with their daughter the mademoiselle.
BEHR, GeneralSends word to Wellington of an attack on the Prussians at Mons.
BERKELEY, Sir George
BERNHARD, Prince, of Saxe-WeimarHe commands the 2nd Dutch Belgic Brigade under General Perponcher including the Nassauers
BERRI, Duc de Charles Ferdinand (1778-1820)Son of Charles X and nephew of Louis XVIII. He married an Englishwoman, Anna Brown, while in Exile in Britain.
BERTHIER, Marshal Alexandre (Prince de Neuchatel) (1753-1815)A French Marshal who made his peace with Louis XVIII and did not join Napoleon on his return. He died two weeks prior to Waterloo.
BEST,Commands the Hanoverians
BICHIN, Krahmer deCommands a Dutch artillery battery of 8 guns in Detmer's brigade. He is brought up to the front at about 7 o'clock to face the French 5th wave of attack - the Imperial Guard and is positioned next to Maitland's squares.
BLÜCHER, Marchsla Gebhard Lebrecht von (1742-1819) Prince of WahlstadtHead of the Prussian army, takes over command from Kleist. Also known as 'Old Marshall Forwards" or "Marschal Vorwarts"
BOLTONField Artillery officer
BONAPARTE, Napoleon (1769-1821)Also called, Buonoparte, the Corsican Monster, Boney, The Ogre, 'Jonathon Wild'. The battle of Waterloo was his last attempt to dominate Europe. He was exiled to St Helena.
BONAPARTE, Prince Jerome (King of Westphalia) (1784-1860)Napoleon's brother commanding a divsion of French infantry in Reille's corp. It is his division is in the first wave of attack at Waterloo that attempts to take Hougoumont. He meets furious resistance from Saltoun's light companies are in the orchard, and Macdonell and his companies of guards are covering the chateau. Bull, Cleeve and Sandham had artillery troops outside battering the French. He was the longest lived brother of Napoleon
BORGO, Pozzo di"Clever ", a commissioner from Russia that gives Wellington no trouble
BOURGEOIS, (?name?)French Commander of a brigade in ALLIX's division which attacks La Haye Saint with Quiot
BOURMOUNT, GeneralThe French General that tries to surrender to the Prussians (Blücher) on the 16th of June and whom Blücher would have nothing to do with.
BRITISH AMBASSADORIn Brussels; see Stuart, Sir Charles
BRÜGMANS, Dr.Inspector- General of Health in Brussells
BRUMMELL, George (Beau) (1778-1840)Beau, as he was known was the leader of British fashion and society until his flight to the continent in 1816.
BRUNSWICK, Duke of (Frederick William, ) (1771-1815)The Princess of Wales Brother and commander of the "Black Brunswickers" they wear all black and wear the skull and crossbones on their uniform in memory of the Duke's father who was killed at the battle of Jena. "A Handsome man and Gallant in the field"
BRUSSEL'S FLIRTHis Lordship's Brussel's flirt to whom he writes on the 16/17th of June is Francers Wedderburn-Webster.
BULL, Major RobertCommanded I Troop of Horse Artillery, one of eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. It had been re-equpped exclusively with 5 1/2 inch howitzers. All other horse artillery had five cannon and only one 5 1/2 inch howitzer, except the rocket troop of Whinyate. With the German artillery brigades of Kuhlmann and Cleeve, and the British brigades of Webber-Smith, Ramsay and Bean's artillery brigades each with 6 guns, and 80 or more gunners and drivers, they were ranged in front of Alten (3rd) and Cooke's(1st) divisions west of the Chausée at Waterloo. He was wounded in the battle.
BüLOW, General Frederich von (1755-1844)Prussian commander - the First Prussian troops appeared at Waterloo on the Allied left under his command in the early evening of the 18th of June.
BYLANDT, Brigadier General CountFrom Nivelles. He commands a Dutch-Belgic brigade that suffers rather at Quatre Bras where he is carried off the field. Without him at Waterloo the troops prove unsteady under the second wave of French attack and they bolt through Kempt and Pack's brigades leaving a gap in the allied line to the left of the critical point - La Haye Sainte.
BYLEVELDCommands a field artillery battery and is stationed with Count Bylandt's Dutch-Blegic brigade at Waterloo.
BYNG, General Sir John(1772 - 1860)Coldstream Guards (2nd) as well as the 3rd Scots guards in the first division. Later created first Earl of Strafford.
BYRON, Lord George (1788-1824)Poet and peer, much admired and adored by British women and the subject of affairs with Frances Annesley and Lady Caroline Lamb. He doesn't make an appearance in Brussels during this time, only passing in gossip.
CAMBRIDGE, Duke of (Adolphus Frederick) (1774-1850)Younger son of King George III and head of the Kings German Legion (KGL)
CAMERON'sThe Camerons' were in Kempt's brigade and in Pictons 5th division - they were the 79th regiment. Picton fell trying to rally them during the French second wave of attack. While captain Seymour tries to do this it was the Duke of Wellington that rallied them.
CAMERON, JohnKnown as "Fassiefern", he is with the 92nd Regiment, the Gay Gordons. He falls with Macara at Quatre Bras.
CAMPBELL, Colin (1776-1847)One of the Duke of Wellington's members of staff and one renowned for mangling any language, having no facility at all to learn them. Wellington is quoted as saying, "He speaks no language but his own, and that very badly." He was very well liked however.
CANNING, Lieutenant ColonelOne of the Duke's staff officers on the Peninsula, who joins his personal staff at Waterloo. He dies with a bullet in the stomach
CAPELLAN, Monsieur van derOne of the Dutch or Belgian nobles invited to the Duke of Wellington's party, he is also the Secretary of State.
CAPELLAN, Madame van derA woman who draw's Lady Barbara's attention to the entrance of a particularly handsome Life Guard - Lord George Alastair.
CASTLEREAGH, Lord, Robert Stewart, Viscount (1769-1822)Later 2nd Marquess, Londonderry, Secretary for War during much of Wellington's Peninsula campaign and one on who Wellington trusted. He was the Half brother of Sir Charles Stuart.
CATALANI, Angelica, (1780-1849)"The Catalani" a mercenary singer who performs for the British in Brussels. Her husband is Monsieur de Valbrèque. The Duke of Wellington describes her as being "Sharp as a Jew" as she had haggled the price to sing at his party, however she is lovely to look at and she has a lovley woice, "sings like an angel".
CATHCART, Lieutenant, the Hon. GeorgeCalled the 'green baby' he is only 21 years old, he is lately enrolled as an extra aide de camp - his father (William, first Earl Cathcart) is the British Ambassador to St Petersburg where George went and acted as aide to his father. He has seen eight actions against Napoleon already despite his youth. He is taken on to the Duke of Wellington's staff.
CHALMERS, CaptainAn unnamed officer of 52nd who forms one of Lady Barbara Childe's court, he is also at Lady Vidal's party on April 7th.
CHAMBERS, CaptainOf the 1st Foot Guards who ought to have been in London but took leave and enrolled on Sir Thomas Picton's staff as an honorary aide-de-camp. He is written about by Gronow in his memoirs. See GRONOW
CHARLOTTE, Princess of Wales (1796-1817)Heir to the British throne after her father, George, Prince Regent, later George IV. Princess Charlotte was briefly engaged to the Prince of Orange but married Prince Leopold in May of 1816. She died in childbirth in November of 1817.
CHASSÉ, Baron, General David (1765-1849)A genial man for whom the French, under whom he had served called 'Captain Bayonette'. He is now serving the Allied army in command of a Dutch Belgic division under Lord Hill's 2nd Corps. He brings up Detmer's Dutch Belgians in perfect order to support Maitland's first Division in the fifth wave of the French attack which was around 7pm.
CHERRY (Fictional)Charles Audley's groom
CHILDE, Lady Barbara (nee ALASTAIR) (Fictional)The main heroine of the book and wild grand-daughter of Dominic, Duke of Avon and his wife Mary. Barbara was obliged by her family to marry Sir Jasper Childe when she was only 17 and he three times older. He died within five years. She is known as the 'Fatal Widow' as she captivates the tosses away men with careless disregard. She captures the heart of Colonel Charles Audley almost instantly. She is known for her charm and beauty, "both were acknowledged to be deadly." Lady Barbara is not so charitably looked on by the women in Brussels society for her daring thin muslin dresses and painted toe nails. In looks she takes after her Great Grandmother Leonie, Duchess of Avon (from These Old Shades and Devils Cub) with hair "like my best copper coal scuttle" and her "destructive green eyes". She is 25, no longer in her first flush of youth. Also known as Babs by her family.
CHILDE, Sir Jasper (Fictional)Brief husband of Lady Barbara Childe (nee Alastair). He had a love for visiting battlefields which Lady Barbara did not share and had the good sense to die within five years of marriage leaving Lady Barbara a comfortable widow.
CLARKEBritish with a ring of French Spies although not as good as Colquohon Grant.
CLAYTON, CaptainOf the Blues, who gets to sit opposite Lady Barbara at a Picnic
CLEEVE,A German Field artillery officer, who, with Kuhlmann(German), and the British brigades of Bean, Webber-Smith, Ramsay and Bull's artillery brigades each with 6 guns, and 80 or more gunners and drivers, they were ranged in front of Alten (3rd) and Cooke's(1st) divisions west of the Chausée at Waterloo.
CLINTON, Sir HenryLately second in command to Sir Rowland Hill of the Allied Army second Corps. Sir Henry did not like the Prince of Orange much, he was given a division to command.
CLINTON, Lady SusanSir Henry's wife.
COLBORNE, Sir John (1778 - 1863) Later 1st Baron SeatonMilitary secretary to William, Prince of Orange. He was commander of the 'fighting 52nd' on the Peninsula a light regiment, and for a time commanded the Light Division in the Pyrenees, he is part of Adam's Brigade. It is his timely and brilliant action on the allied right wing taken on his own initiative that finally seals the victory for the Allies at Waterloo. He was later created first Baron Seaton.
COLE, Sir (Galbraith) Lowry (1772-1842)Commander of the 6th Division. Once courted the Duke of Wellington's wife (before she married of course) Kitty Pakenham, but was 'disappointed'.
COLLAERT, BaronCommands the Dutch-Belgic cavalry division including General Tripp's brigade of Caribiniers and Baron van Merlen's light cavalry brigade. Positioned behind Lord Edward Somerset's brigade of Cavalry at Waterloo - and held in reserve.
COLONEL of the HighlandersKilled at Quatre Bras, see. At Waterloo the Highlanders are commanded by Pack.
COLVILLE, GeneralCommands the 4th Division
COMBERMERE, 1st Viscount Combermere (Stapleton Cotton), (1773 - 1865)He had led the cavalry for the duke of Wellington during the Peninsular War from 1809 - 1814. For this campaign he was replaced by Lord Uxbridge.
CONYNGHAM, Lady Elizabeth (d 1839)Lord George Alistair dances with her. It was said that King George IV paid her so much attention he was in love with her, but it was her mother that was the King's mistress. She later married the 10th Marquess of Huntly.
CONYNGHAME, Marchioness (Elizabeth) (d.1861)Lady Elizabeth's mother. She had three other children also, she later became George IV's mistress and was when he died.
COOKE, Sir ?George, (1768-1837)General Cooke commanded the first division - the first division were made up of the elite guards regiments and were generally know as 'the gentleman's sons. Hence the reference later to Cooke's guards. He is injured at Waterloo.
COPENHAGEN (d. 1836)The Duke of Wellington's Horse who has a tendency to 'kick out'. Said the Duke of Wellington, "There may have been faster horses, no doubt many handsomer, but for bottom and endurance I never saw his fellow."
COTTON, Stapleton,See Combermere
COUP DE GRÂCE (Fictional)The horse Lady Barbara rides in Brussels which has been lent to her by Lavisse. The horse is a grey stallion.
CREEVEY, Thomas (1768 - 1838)British politician staying in Brussels with his wife and two step daughters, the Misses Orde. His gossipy correspondence and papers have revealed a lot of information about life in Brussels leading up to Waterloo. "The Creevey Papers" Edited by Sir Herbert Maxwell. It has gone into many editions.
CR‘SEUSMythical Greek character - very rich
CUBIÈRESA French General who sees Hougoumont in his grasp and tries to spur his men to take it, but the quick action of Sergeant Fraser saves the day.
DALRYMPLE, Lady HelenThe Duke of Wellington sits beside her at the Duchess of Richmond's ball in the 15th of June.
DARCY, Marianne (Fictional?)Phillip Darcy's wife of 10 years who was left weeping at home quite neglected while her husband paid lavish court to Lady Barbara Childe.
DARCY, Phillip (Fictional?)Neglected his wife, Marianne, after he met Lady Barbara. This was prior to her coming to Brussels. Also see Drew, Sir Henry and Vane, Mr.
DASHWOOD, Ralph (Fictional?)Lady Barbara was engaged to him once after Sir Jasper Childe died, but 'it didn't count' as it was never announced
DAWSON (Fictional?)A friend of Sir Peregrine and Lady Harriet Taverner.
DECKEN, GeneralHanoverian and rapacious, he sends Wellington a message on the 'vexed question' of the Hanoverian subsidy. A subsidy for the Hanoverians to fight with the allies.
DE LANCEY, Sir William (1781 - 1815)The Duke of Wellington had known de LanceyReplacing Sir Hudson Lowe as Quartermaster General, as Sir George Murray is still in America and not available for Brussels
DETMER, ColonelHas an brigade under Lord Hill's 2nd corps including an artillery dutch battery of 8 guns commanded by Krahmer de Bichin which is brought up to the front at about 7 o'clock to face the French 5th wave of attack - the Imperial Guard
DEVENISH, Miss Lucy (Fictional)Niece and heir to Mr Fisher who has dirtied his hands but made a fortune in trade. Despite her lowly origins Judith thinks her pretty good looks and quiet charm perfect for Charles Audley, Judith's brother-in-law and hero of the book. Neither are attracted to the other, Charles because he is smitten with the lovely Lady Barbara Childe, and Lucy because she has already contracted a secret marriage with the dashing cavalry officer, Lord George Alistair, Lady Barbara's own brother. The marriage hasn't been revealed as neither family will approve.
DICKSON, Colonelthe colonel of Captaim Mercer's Field artillery unit
DOLL (Fictional)Worth's grey mare that Audley borrows to ride with Lady Barbara.
DONZELOTFrench commander leading a column in the second French wave of attack
DöRNBERG, Major-General Sir WilliamA German commanding a large brigade of light dragoons with the Hanoverian's know as the Cumberland Hussars. He was responsible for messages from the frontier but in fact he holds up a messages from Colonel Colquhon Grant to Wellington about massing of French forces on the border because it 'didn't convince him that the French intended anything serious.'
DREW, Sir Henry (Fictional?)A victim of Lady Barbara's fatal charm. He bought himself a pair of colours and went off to the peninsula with the intention of being killed, in which office he succeeded. This was prior to her coming to Brussels. Also see, Vane, Mr and Darcy, Phillip.
DU PLATA German who can "always be relied on to keep his head". Has a Line Battalion of the KGL in Lord Hill's second corps
DURUTTEFrench commander leading a French column in the French second wave of attack on allies
ELLEY, Colonel Sir John (d 1839)One of eight men sent out by the Horse Guards to fill positions and one of only two, with Lord Greenock, who are appropriate for the position. He was injured at Waterloo, but his bravery was unquestioned, he was said to have killed more than one cuirrasier in one-on-one combat
ERLON, Count d'Frenchman, massing troops just inside France leading up to Waterloo. He leads the attack in the second French Wave which starts at around 1 o'clock on the allied centre (protected mostly by Picton (5th) and Alten's (3rd) divisions)
FAGEL MonsieurBrings a letter of reproof from the British Ambassador in Paris(Wellington) to the Prince of Orange on a chill December Day in 1814.
FASSIFERN, John Cameron
FINDLAYSONAn assistant surgeon who patches up Charles Audley when he is injured with the Prince of Orange's staff
FISHER, Mr and Mrs (fictional)Lucy Devenish's Aunt and uncle rarely met in this book but on the edges. He is wealthy but his origins are lowly and his money comes from trade. He is described as 'a cheerful little man of stout vulgarity' and Mrs Fisher 'does not like to go into company.'
FITZROY, LordSee Somerset, Lord Fitzroy
FITZROY, LadySee Somerset, Lady Emily
FOY, General MaximelienFrench general sent to gain Hougoumont late in the afternoon with Prince Jerome and Bachelu.
FRASER. SergeantOf the Coldstream Guards, whose quick action by dashing at General Cubiéres dragging him off his horse, helps delay the French storming of Hougoumont and helps save the chateau from being over-run. Even so there is a tight run fight for it.
FRASERAn Artilleryman who buries Ramsay in the the battlefield on his death.
FREDERICK, Prince (1797-1881)Prince of the Netherlands, son of King William and younger brother to William, Prince of Orange. He is stationed with General Colville's brigade at Hal at the start of Waterloo, this was a vital position about 10 miles from Waterloo that protected the Allies line of communications.
FREDERICK-WILLIAM III (1770-1840)King of Prussia, who visits Britain in 1814.
FREMANTLE, ColonelOn the Duke's staff
GARDINER, Lt. Col Sir RobertCommanded E Troop of Horse Artillery, one of eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. It had been retained its original 6 pound guns one of only two troops to do so. He was attached to Vivian's Hussar's at Waterloo
GHIGNY, BaronOne of the clutch of Dutch and Belgian Cavalry leaders, "a little assertive." also see Baron Van Merlen and General Tripp. His is light cavalry, his brigade is a little behind William Ponsonby's at Waterloo
GNEISENAU, General Count Neithardt von (August Wilhelm Anton) (1760-1831)The Prussian Chief of Staff under Blücher has rather rough manners and a distrust of Wellington. Given that both Prussia and the English realise that the only way to defeat Napoleon in to work together, this is a somewhat inconvenient attitude. He was not actually Prussian, but of Saxon birth who had worked his way up through the army.
GOMM Sir William, Leiutenant Colonel of the Coldstream GuardsOne of Wellington's seasoned members of staff. He was also the AQMG for the 5th Division
GORDON, Lieutenant-Colonel the Honourable Alexander (1786-1815)Of the 15th Hussars. A sunny tempered boy and one of the Duke of Wellington's ADC's. It is Gordon who was sent, escorted by a squadron of the 10th hussars, to communicate with the Prussian head quarters, as to cooperation with the British army ordered to retire to the position in front of Waterloo on June 17th. He is one of the dressier members of the army to which Lord Fitzroy accuses of having 17 pairs of boots - to which he blames his brother Charles Gordon, a Hussar - he is rather stout of build.
GORDON, CharlesBrother of Alexander and the Hussar with a dressier sense than his brother and a large supply of boots.
GRAHAM, General Thomas (1748-1843)Suffering from some kind of eye trouble and has to return home in mid 1812 - a blow to Wellington as he is one of his most trusted generals. Later created 1st Baron Lynedoch
GRAHAM, SergeantOf the Guards who is part of the defence of Hougoumont and who helps Macdonell to close the gates on the French.
GRANT, Colonel Colquhon (1780-1829)Head of Intelligence, his assistant is John Waters. Colqhon (not to be mistaken with Colqhon Grant of the Hussars) was a brillinat linguist and of whom Wellington said "No army ever produced the like, he was worth a brigade to me)
GRANT, Major-General Sir Colquhon (1764?-1835)Commands a Hussar Brigade with the 13th Light Dragoons which lays directly behind Byngs Guards at Waterloo. They come up to support the line with the French 3rd cavalry charge. He is rather arrogant, he is over 6 foot tall with black moustache and very dashing in the Hussar way, but Wellington didn't like him and was forced more by the Horse Guards to accept him in his army.
GREATHEAD, MrAt whose house Creevey hears the news of the battle of Quatre Bras from Colonel Canning on the night of the 16th of June. Although Canning was sent off before there was any conclusion to the battle. "I dined at Mr. Greathead's in the Park....when we got to Greathead's we found everyone on the rampart listening to [the sound of cannon]"
GREENOCK, LordOne of eight men sent out by the Horse Guards to fill positions and one of only two, with Colonel Elley, who are appropriate for the position.
GREVILLE, Lady Charlotte (d.1862)Married to Charles Grevelle, they had one son- Charles Greville, the famous diarist. She is the eldest daughter of the third Duke of Portland.
GREYS or Scots GreysHeavy cavalry of the Union Brigade (2nd Dragoons)
GRONOW, Captain Rees Howell (1794-1865)Like Captain Chambers, an officer in the 1st Foot Guards who goes to Waterloo on leave to see for himself if he can help. He met Sir Thomas Picton in London prior to the campaign and was encouraged to hope he might prove useful - it is from his memoirs we learn about the campaign, and about Captain Chambers. Gronow was 18 at this time.
GROUCHY,Marshal Emanuel (1766-1847)A French commander, it is his troops who lead the first attack against the Prussians. he is supported by Ney
GUEST, MrWrites a ballad that is very popular, "The Farewell". and Lady Barbara is persuded to sing it.
GUYOTFrench cavalry commander of dragoons and Grenadiers á Cheval who join the with Kellermann's cavalry and the remnants of Millhaud and Lefebvre-Desnoutette's second cavalry attack to make the third cavalry attack on the British line.
HALKETT, Major General Sir Colin(1774-1856)In command of a British brigade in the 3rd division and prevents the Brunswickers from retreating at Quatre Bras. The Brigade includes the 30th, 33rd and 60th as well as a highland division. The Prince of Orange almost wipes them out at Quatre Bras by ordering them to form line for infantry when there is cavalry coming. He was severely wounded, shot throught he mouth, at Waterloo, but survived.
HALKETT, W (Hew) Lieutenant ColonelCommands the Hanoverian Landwehr battalions in General Adam's light Brigade and brings them up to support Sir John Colborne's famous attack on the French fifth wave at around 7pm
HAMILTON, AndrewMajor on the Adjutant General's (BARNES) staff and engaged to one of Mr Creevey's stepdaughters, the Miss Ords. He visits them and lets them know the news on the 16th of June. He is shot through the body on the field of Waterloo and borne off around 5pm
HARDENBERG, PrinceFrom the Prussian Army.
HARDINGE, Sir Henry (1785-1856)Enlgish commissioner to the Prusians, "A noble browed gentleman with suave address." He is later created 1st Viscount Hardinge.
HARROWBY, 1st Earl of (Dudley Ryder) ( 1762-1847)Arrives from London with Sir Henry Torrens from the Horse Guards (?)
HAY, Lord James (1797-1815)The eldest son of the 16th Earl of Errol. An ensign in the first Foot Guards and ADC to General Maitland. He is like one of Lady Georgiana Lennox's brothers, he dies at Quatre Bras. When he dies Lord William Lennox feels he must rejoin Maitland even though he has also been wounded in the battle and his arm is in a sling.
HERVEY, Colonelbrother of Lionel Hervey
HERVEY, Felton (COLONEL?)He is taken on by the Duke as Military Secretary to replace Lord Fitzroy until Fitzroy can recover from his amputation.
HERVEY, LionelBrother of colonel Hervey
HILL, Captain Lord ArthurEnjoys the reputation of being the fattest officer in the army, placid nature. He served with the army during the Peninsular campaign also.
HILL, Rowland, Lord (1772-1842) Later 1st ViscountKnown by the troops as 'Daddy Hill' for his good nature. Leiutenant-General first put as a mentor to the young and impulsive Prince of Orange, and later put in control of the Allied army's 2nd corps, the Reserves for Waterloo. The 2nd corp includes Sir Henry Clinton's 2nd Division, General Adam's Brigade, Hew Halketts' Hanoverian Militia, Colonel Du Plat's Battalion of the KGL, Baron Chassé's Dutch Belgic Division, Colonel Detmer's brigade, Count d'Aubremé's brigade and General Colvilles 4th division.
HOOGVORST, BaronOne of the Dutch or Belgian nobles invited to the Duke of Wellington's party, he is 'cheerful' and 'little'.
HOOGVORST, MadameIs at Duke of Wellington's party with with her husband, Baron Hoogvorst.
HOUSEHOLD BRIGADEHeavy Dragoons of Life Guards and Blues.
HUME, DoctorA 'sawbones' who sees to most of the Duke's staff and officers.
INNISKILLING'sWhile there is also an infantry regiment of inniskilling, in this particular case they are a the 6th Dragoon's, a heavy cavalry regiment in the Union Brigade with the Greys and the Royals.
JACK (fictional)The too short, unlucky suitor that Bab's teasingly reminds will never be tall enough to reach the flower she is holding up at Lady Vidal's party on April 7th.
JACKSON (fictional)Worth's groom who purchases three horses for Charles Audley, Charles having no eye for horse flesh at all.
JONES, ColonelLeft in Brussells during the Duke's absence as Military Commander
JONES, MRThe surgeon that has been given the task of attending to Colonel Audley
JOHNSON, Dr Samuel (1709-84)The collator and writer of the first dictionary.
JULIE (fictional)An opulent Belgian of easy virtue whom Lord Harry has an affair with and asks Charles's advice about.
KELLERMAN, Francois Etienne (1770-1835)French, his cuirasssiers almost overwhelm the allied forces at Quatre Bras and it is only the steadiness of the 92nd Highlanders which keeps them off. He joins with Guyot's cavalry and the remnants of Millhaud and Lefebvre-Desnoutette's second cavalry attack to make the third cavalry attack on the British line. He is the son of the Duc de Valmy the title to which he succeeded in 1820. He had a penchant for looting even amongst the French renowned for looting themselves.
KEMPT, Major-General Sir James (1764-1854)One of Wellington's best officers, his brigade included 28th regiment (the Slashers), the 32nd, the Cameron Highlanders and the 1st Battalion of the 95th Rifleman. This '8th' brigade is very depleted at Waterloo having fought hard at Quatre Bras. He assumes control of the 5th division on Picton's death and was also severely wounded in the battle.
KIELMANNSEGG, CountIn charge of a Hanoverian brigade in the 3rd division.
KINCAID, Captain John(1787-1862)Later given a knighthood, he is a captain in the 95th Rifle Brigade, a tall lanky fellow with a very relaxed manner. He wrote two books on his adventures in the army, "Adventures in the Rife Brigade" and "Random Shots" He is a Lieutenant and Adjutant for the 1st battalion of the 95th Rifles. He is good friends with Harry and Juana Smith and is later Sir John Kincaid.
KLEIST,A Prussian General who is replaced by Blücher.
KRUSE, GeneralThe 'hopeful young Prince' hereditary ruler of the Nassauers, Prince of Nassau-Usinger
KUHLMANNA German Field artillery officer, who, with Cleeve(German), and the british Bean, Webber-Smith, Ramsay and Bull's artillery brigades each with 6 guns, and 80 or more gunners and drivers, they were ranged in front of Alten (3rd) and Cooke's(1st) divisions west of the Chausée at Waterloo.
LAD of FIFTEENThe 'lad of fifteen' referred to as being on the Duke's staff -this is Lord William Lennox who the Duke had gazetted into the army when barely 14. See Lennox, Lord William.
LAMB, Lady Caroline (1785-1828)A dashing young woman married to the politician, William Lamb,. William was heir to Lord Melbourne. Lady Caroline was beautiful and controversial choosing to wear the sort of dresses the Lady Barbara enjoyed wearing, wisps of damped down nothing, that Lady Mount Norris disapproved of and Miss Devenish envied. Lady Caroline's brother, Frederic Ponsonby, was in the army. See Ponsonby.
LAMBERT, General Sir JohnHis Brigade consists of 4th, 27th, 40th and 81st - the 10th infantry brigade - with Major Harry Smith acting as aide-de-camp for him. His brigade is ordered up late in the afternoon to reinforce the centre line held by Pack and Kempt, both of whom were wounded
de LANCEY, MargueriteWife of General de Lancey, only married to him a matter of three short months before Waterloo. She was the daughter of Sir James Hall
de LANCEY, General Sir William (1781-1815)Deputy Quartermaster General for Wellington, he takes over from Hudson Lowe, whom Wellington does not want to work with.
LAVISSE, Etienne, Monsieur Le Capitane Comte de (fictional)Fabulously rich and handsome Belgian, "Brussel's most notorious rake" who is all teeth, eyes and black whiskers. He takes a great shine to Lady Barbara and is Charles Audley's main rival for her favours. Augusta, Lady Barbara's sister in law favours his suit, Lavisse being wealthy and titled while Charles is an career officer and second son. Lavisse is a Captain in the 5th National Militia, in Count Bylandt's brigade of whom he is acting as Adjutant and is humiliated when his troops are among those that bolt at Waterloo (see BYLANDT). He has estates north of Ghent as well as a house in Rue d'Aremberg in Brussels. He is also the owner of Lady Barbara's horse, Coup de Grâce.
LEFEBVRE-DENOUETTE, Gen Comte Charles (1773-1822)French Commander who leads 19 squadrons of Cuirassiers (cavalry) against the English in the 3rd wave of the attack around 4pm in the afternoon. These are part of Ney's attack on the British in which his squadron's joins Milhaud's to make 43 squadrons. The remnants were joined to Count Guyots, and Kellermans divisions to make 77 squadron's for the third cavalry attack by the French.
LENNOX, Lord CharlesSee March, earl of
LENNOX, Lady Georgiana (1795-1891)Daughter of the 4th Duke of Richmond, younger sister to Sarah, sister to William Lennox and also sister to one of the Duke of Wellington's favourite staff officers, The Earl of March (Charles Lennox). She later marries Baron de Ros.
LENNOX, Lady SarahDaughter of the 4th Duke of Richmond, older sister to William Lennox and also sister to one of the Duke of Wellington's favourite staff officers, The Earl of March (Charles Lennox). As good as promised to General Sir Peregrine Maitland.
LENNOX, Lord William Pitt (1799-1881)Aide de Camp to Wellington, although injured during this time, when X is killed at the battle of Quatre Bras on the 16 of June he rides to Waterloo to offer his services, despite still having his arm in a sling. He is only 15 years old. See Richmond, Duchess of (his mother)
LINDSAY LeiutenantOf Captain Taylor's squadron (the cavalry equivalent of a brigade) he brings a message for the Duke from Bülow (Prussians) on the 17th
LLOYDField Artillery officer who falls in the second big French cavalry attack in the late afternoon.
LOBAU, CountFrench commander with division as Laon
LOUIS XVIII (1755-1824)The unpopular King of France set on the throne by the allies in 1814 when Napoleon abdicated. With Napoleon's return to the France in March of 1815 Louis, realising his lack of support literally flew out the backdoor of the palace as Napoleon came to the front. He is in Belgium with his nephews the Duc de Berri and Duc d'Angoulême. His brother later became Charles X
LOWE, Sir Hudson (1769-1844)The Quartermaster-General but whom the Duke of Wellington dislikes. He tries to get his old QMG back from America and when he can't be asks for Sir William Delancey to take the place.
LÜNEBERGHas a field battalion in Count Kielmnasegg's Brigade, they are sent to reinforce Baring's troops at La Haye Sainte, but are young and not very sturdy, they get ridden over by French cavalry and retreat in disorder.
LUNEVILLE, Monsieur deOwns Chateau de Hougoumont, and is a relative of Lavisse.
MACARAFalls at Quatre Bras with John Cameron, (Fassiefern). He is from the 92nd Highlanders, the Gay Gordons.
MACDONELL, Sir JamesA 'huge highlander with narrowed humourous eyes, a square jowl and the frame of an ox', he has seven companies of the Coldstream and is thrown in to protect Chateau Hougoumont
MAITLAND, General Sir Peregrine (1777 - 1854)He commands a regiment of Guards in Cooke's first division. As good as promised to Lady Sarah Lennox, the Duke of Richmond's daughter.
MALBOROUGH, Duke of (1650-1722)The refer to the first Duke of Malborough in Belgium and the Netherlands at the turn of the eighteenth century - 'stirring events have happened here'.
MANNERS, Lord Robert 'Bob' (1781-1835)Bob, in the Prince of Wale's cavalry Regiment, the 10th Hussars. Son of the Duke of Rutland. He was a good friend of Beau Brummell's and they served together in this regiment until Brummell left it in 1798.
MARCH, Charles Lennox, Earl of March (1791 -1860 )Eldest son and heir to the 4th Duke of Richmond. He acceded to the title in 1819. One of the Duke of Wellington's staff officers. Also see Sarah, Georgiana, William Lennox and Duchess of Richmond. He marries the eldest daughter of Lord Uxbridge.
MARCOGNETFrench commander leading a French column in the French second wave of attack on allies
MARMONT, Auguste Frederic Louis Viesse de (1774-1852)A French Marshal, and of who they sing an unflattering song - Bab's reminds the Duke of Wellington of this. The offspring of minor nobility and a close friend of Napoleon's. Napoleon felt that Marmont had dealt the final blow to his army in 1814 and never forgave him for it. With Napoleon's escape from Elab in 1815 Marmont became a royalist.
MASSENA, Andre (1758-1817)French Marshal and the best man sent against Wellington in the Peninsular War of 1808-1814
MATTHEW (fictional)Lady Barbara's tiger
MERCER, Captain Alexander Cavalie (1783-)Commanded G Troop of Horse Artillery, one of eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. It had been re-equpped with 9 pound guns just before the war. He later published his memoirs "Journal of the Waterloo campaign." He died at the age of 85.
MERLEN, Baron vanOne of the clutch of Dutch and Belgian Cavalry leaders, "A little melancholy" also see General Tripp and Baron Ghigny. He relays the message of an attack on the Prussians he receives from General Steinmetz to General Behr - eventually reaching Wellington. He commands light cavalry at Quatre Bras. He is in Baron Colleart's division of Dutch Belgic Cavalry.
MILHAUDFrench Commander who leads 24 squadrons of Cuirassiers (cavalry) against the English in the 3rd wave of the attack around 4pm in the afternoon. These are part of Ney's attack on the British in which his squdron's joins Lefebvre-Denouette to make 43 squadrons. The remnants were joined to Count Guyots, and Kellerman's divisions to make 77 squadron's for the third cavalry attack by the French.
MITCHELL, ColonelBrigade of Colville's 4th division which covers the avenue that led to the great north gate of Hougoumont and are used later to reinforce the Brunswickers who are not looking all that steady around 4 O'clock when the second big cavalry charge comes from the French.
MOORE, Sir John (1761-1809)Led the British Forces on the Peninsual in 1808 after Sir Hew Dalrymple and Burrard were recalled. He was much loved and admired, but died in the battle of Coruna in January 16, 1809.
MORICEOf the 60th Regiment and in Halkett's brigade and killed through the Prince of Orange's stupidity at Quatre Bras. The Prince orders him to form line and the regiment is in the act of doing so when cavalry charge.
MORNINGTON, 2nd Earl of, (Richard Colley Wellesley) better known as the Marquess of WELLESLEYEldest brother of the Duke of Wellington who had fostered his early army career. AT 55 years old he is nine years older than his brother Arthur. See Duke of Wellington.
MOUNTNORRIS, LadyMother of the beautiful Frances Annesley and Catharine Somerset and disapproves of Lady Caroline lambs unseemly dresses. She is the second wife of Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Mountnorris and the daughter of Sir Henry Cavendish
MÜFFLING, Baron von (Fredrich Carl Ferdinand) (1775-1851)The Prussian Commissioner, he replaces General Röder and is well liked by the British. He has a noble wife and three hopeful children. He is open and frank and gains Wellington's trust
MURAT, Joachim (1767-1815)French Cavalry man and commander renowned for his lack of skill - he had little strategic aptitude. A rather colourful character who had been intended for the church. He had been given the throne of Naples by Napoleon and much of his alliances and fights were an attempt to keep the throne. It was unsuccessful and he was executedon 13th October 1813.
MURRAY, Sir George (1772 - 1846)The Duke of Wellington's Quartermaster General (QMG) through the Peninsula campaigns and currently in America as part of the British forces sent there for the war of 1812-14. There is no time to bring him back to replace Sir Hudson Lowe, whom Wellington dislikes. Of his two departments on the Peninsula, The QMGand the Adjutant-General, the Duke of Wellington had always favoured the QMG as he had always found Murray more efficient than William Stewart.
NAGEL, M. deDutchman of the court of KingWilliam of Orange whom Wellington sees over the question of the Hanoverian Subsidy.
NASSAU-USINGER, Prince ofsee General Kruse
NASSAU, Duke of
NETHERLANDS, William, King of the (1772 - 1843)Nickname, 'Frog', dislikes and distrusts the Prussians, father of William, Prince of Orange and Frederick. He has been exiled from his lands (where they are fighting) for many years.
NETHERLANDS, Queen of the (Wilhelmina nee Hohenzollern)(1774-1837)Prince of Orange's mother and married to William VI of the Netherland's
NEY, Michel (1769-1815)The most famous of Napoleon's French Marshals. Commanded the French Brigade which successfully held the British off at Quatre Bras and prevent them allying with the Prussians. He was arrested after the battle of Waterloo, tried for treason and exectued 7 December 1815.
OLD TROUSERS"Here comes old Trousers" a generic nickname for the French army.
OLFERMANOnce the Duke of Brunswick is carried off the field at Quatre Bras Olfermann tries to rally them but the Brunswickers start retreating, it is only Halkett's Brigade coming up that prevents their desertion.
OMPTEDA, Colonel Baron Charles.A German with large dreamy eyes that commands a King's German Legion Brigade in the third division. He is killed at Waterloo through a mistake made by the Prince of Orange.
ORANGE, William, Prince of (1792 - 1849) Later William VII of the NetherlandsNicknamed 'Slender Billy'. William was the heir to the Dutch throne but the royal family were in exile during the Napoleonic Wars. One of Wellington's staff officers on the Peninsular, he is now a general and second in charge of the Allied Army on the Peninsula, although only 23 years old. He was an engaging young man who was at home speaking in English and French than in his native Dutch. As the battle is being fought on Dutch territory and using Dutch troops it is political expedience rather than talent that meant he was given this honour. See Colborne, his Military secretary. He has been given a number of top British military men to act as his advisors and stop him making mistakes as he is given control of the Allied Forces 1st Corps. Despite this he makes the same mistake three times during the two battles at Quatre Bras and Waterloo of ordering Battalions to form line for infantry just as squadrons of French Cavalry sweep into view and decimate them. He is severely wounded on the field Also see King, Queen of the Netherlands, and Prince Frederick.
ORD, MissesTwo sisters who are Thomas Creevey's step daughters, one of whom is engaged to be married to Major Andrew Hamilton, the other Miss Elizabeth Ord.
PACK, Sir Denis (1772? - 1823)Has a 'choleric eye and heavily arched brows", he is at the head of the Highland Brigade in the 5th division, these are the Black Watch(42nd) , the Royals (1st) and Gordons (92nd) . He was severely wounded at Waterloo.
PAKENHAM, Sir Edward, 'Ned' (1778-1815)Brother to the Duke of Wellington's wife, he was with the Duke in the Peninsula and then led the British expedition to New Orleans in 1814 where he was killed. He is mentioned as it was with him that Harry Smith went to America.
PERCY, Major, the Hon. HenryThe Duke of Wellington had eight Aide's de Camp but he enrolled Henry as an extra. Henry was one of the few to escape Waterloo without injury. He was the grandson of the Duke of Northumberland and an officer of the 14th light Dragoons. It was Percy to whom Wellington trusted the dispatches which he sent back to Britain on the night of the 18th of June telling them of the Allied victory. Percy rode night and day to take get them to London.
PERPONCHER, GeneralA good man according to Wellington, he is Dutch but has served on the Peninusla includng the Portuguese Legion formed at Oporto in 1808.
PICTON, Sir Thomas (1758-1815)Commander of the 5th Division, in the Prince of Orange's first Corps, although destined for the reserves. He is a coarse, square jowled man, Wellington doesn't much like him as he is also rather vulgar and foul-mouthed. Sir Thomas was wounded during the Battle of Quatre Bras, a wound he concealed from everyone. He was killed in the late afternoon at Waterloo. He has Kempt and Pack's Brigades in his division.
PIRÉFrench Lancer commander
PONSONBY, Sir Frederic Cavendish (1783 - 1837)A Colonel of the 12th light Dragoons who had also served on the Peninsula and one of Wellington's most able commanders (see Somerset, Lord Fitzroy). His sister was Lady Caroline Lamb (see Lamb) , He was wounded badly in the battle of Waterloo. He had seven bad wounds, was ridden over then robbed by the Prussians, was used as rifle rest by a French soldier and later as a pillow for a dying man before he was found and taken from the field.
PONSONBY, Sir William (1772-1815)No relation to Sir Frederic Ponsonby or Lady Caroline Lamb, of the Union Brigade of of English Irish and Scots Heavy Dragoons. He is hacked from his horse in the battle and dies on the field at Waterloo.
PRUSSIAN CHIEF OF STAFFsee Gneissau
QUIOTFrench commander of a brigade in ALLIX's division, who with Bourgois attacks La Haye Sainte in the Allied centre.
RAMSAY, Major William Norman (d 1815)Commanded H Troop of Horse Artillery, one of eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. It had been re-equpped with 9 pound guns just before the war. He was killed at Waterloo. He has been immortalised in Napier's "History of the War of the Peninsular" for his exploits in saving the guns at Fuentes d'Onoro. He was known as a bit of dandy and fine dresser. With the German artillery brigades of Kuhlmann and Cleeve, and the British brigades of Webber-Smith, Bean and Bull's artillery brigades each with 6 guns, and 80 or more gunners and drivers, they were ranged in front of Alten (3rd) and Cooke's(1st) divisions west of the Chausée at Waterloo. He was killed in the battle of Waterloo and buried by Fraser on the battlefield.
REBECQUE, Constant de, BaronThe Prince of Orange's Quartermaster General well liked and well respected.
van REEDE, CountA commissioner from the Netherlands
REILLEA French commander of corps who Grant knows has five infantry and three cavalry divisions at Avesnes - the knowledgeable ones at Waterloo recognise his troops manouevres. Prince Jerome, Napoleon's brother, commands one of the divisions in his corps.
RENÉ (fictional)The young Belgian who is caught by Colonel Audley kissing each of Lady Barbara's fingers in turn at Sir Charle's Stuart's party.
RETTBURGField artillery officer, positioned in front of Best's Hanoverians at Waterloo.
RIBAUCOURT, Comtesse deShe makes herself responsible for preparations for the wounded in Brussells.
RICHMOND, 4th Duke of Richmond ( Charles Lennox,)(1764-1819)Father of Charles, Lord March.
RICHMOND, Charlotte Lennox, 4th Duchess of. (d 1842)Mother of Lord March, Lord George, Lady Georgiana, Lady Mary, Lady Jane, Lord William and Lady Sarah Lennox. It is at her ball on the night of the 15 of June that the pivotal intelligence of Bonaparte's invasion of Belgium is received. She was the daughter of the 4th Duke of Gordon
RÖDER General vonA Prussian commissioner who does little to promote goodwill or relationships among the Prussian and other allied troops. He is too stiff and formal. He is replaced by Baron Müffling
ROGERSField Artillery officer, With Ross's artillery he guarded the Charleroi chausée
ROSS, Lt. Col. Sir Hew DalrympleRoyal Horse Artillery Officer commanding - A troop, the 'Chestnuts', one of the eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. His troop had been re-equipped with 9 pound guns just before the war. With Roger's Field artillery he guarded the Charleroi chausée
ROYAL'sIn the Union Brigade with the Inniskilling and Scots Greys, they are the 1st Dragoons a heavy cavalry regiment.
RUFUSColonel Audley's last horse at Waterloo, a hunter given to him by Lord Worth and from which he is shot.
RUSSIA, Emperor ofSee Alexander.
SALTOUN, 16th Baron (Alexander George Fraser) (1785-1853)He commnaded the light companies of the second brigade of Guards (in Maitland's brigade). He had 4 horses shot from under him during the day and his defence in the orchards and gardens of Hougoumont is legendary.
SANDHAMField Artillery officer - who is ordered to limber up quickly and move to the left around Hougoumont.
SCOVELL, Leiutenant ColonelOf the Department of Military communications.
SEYMOUR, Captain Horace Beauchamp (1781-1851)Aide de Camp to Lord Uxbridge and purportedly the strongest man in the British Army, "he was certainly the largest; he topped even the Life Guardsmen." He tries to rally the Cameron's when Picton is shot but it is the Duke of Wellington that rides forward and saves the moment. He also tries to prevent the desertion of the Hanoverian and Dutch-Belgic cavalry brought up to repel the third cavalry charge by the French but to no avail. He is the nephew of the second Marquess of Hertford.
SHAWOne of Wellington's seasoned members of staff.
SHAWE, ColonelOf the Horse Guards, The Duke of Wellington cuttingly writes to Sir Henry Torrens about the men that Shawe and he [Torrens] have sent out to Brussels.
SINCLAIRField Artillery officer
SLASHERSThe 28th Regiment in Kempt's brigade, see KEMPT
SLENDER BILLYSee Prince of Orange.
SMITH, Major Harry (1787-1860)"A very dark, wiry young officer, with a thin, energetic face in which a pair of deep-set eyes laughed upon the world", he is also, "A rattling good fellow, mad as a coot," married to Juana Smith, both of whom were the subject in 'The Spanish Bride'. He is an officer in the 95th but is an aide for General Lambert's brigade of the 4th, 27th and 40th (the 81st remain in Brussels) This is his Waterloo chapter - Juana, listed below - also has a section in Harry's biography for her story.
SMITH, Juana (d 1872)Child bride of Harry Smith a high-spirited girl that Audley compares to Lady Barbara. Juana's story of Waterloo.
SMITH, JUANA - her groomSee WEST
SMITH, Sir Sydney (1764-1840)(and his wife) The Hero of Acre and 'looking so a like a mountebank" when he is first seen having just arrived from Vienna. Wellington was unimpressed by the naval officer thinking the repuation completely undeserved.
SOMERS COCKS Major, The Hon. Edward CharlesEnded a brilliant career at Burgos (Peninsular War). Actually his surname was just Cocks - he had worked as an intelligence officer on the peninsular and was killed in 1812. It was some 50 years following his death that the family changed the name from Cocks to Somers-Cocks.
SOMERSET, Lady Catharine.Her sister was Frances (Annesley) Wedderburn Webster, and they were known for their ethereal blonde good looks. She is married to Lord John Somerset. He mother is Lady Mountnorris.
SOMERSET, Lord Edward (1776 - 1842)A dashing cavalry officer and one of Wellington's best officers with Lord Uxbridge, Sir Rowland Hill, Sir James Kempt and Sir Frederic Ponsonby. His brigade of Life Guards, the Royal Horse (Blues), and the Dragoon Guards 'highly distinguished' themselves. He is the son of the 5th Duke of Beaufort and brother of the Duke of Wellington's Charge d'affairs, Lord Fitzroy Somerset, mentioned below. He is 12 years older than Fitzroy and is "harsh-featured and dark with deep lines running down from the corners of his jutting nose and his close lipped mouth." Despite this he is 'perfectly ready to be agreeable'.
SOMERSET, Lady EdwardLord Edward's wife, who is not in the the Netherlands with him, but in Britain, Lord Edward doesn't think campaigning is the right life for a woman.
SOMERSET, Lady EmilyMarried to Lord Fitzroy Somerset and niece of the Duke of Wellington, daughter of the Duke's eldest brother, Richard, the Earl of Mornington. Has recently given birth to a daughter.
SOMERSRET, Henry (b 1776)Nephew of Lord Edward and Lord Fitzroy Somerset and is acting as ADC to his uncle (Edward)
SOMERSET, Lord John (1787-1870)Attached to the Prince of Orange's staff, he is brother of Lord Edward and Lord Fitzroy Somerset and married in 1815 to Catherine Annesley, one of the ethereally blonde Annesley sisters.
SOMERSET, Lady JohnSee Lady Catherine Somerset.
SOMERSET, Lord Fitzroy (1788 - 1855)Charge d'affairs for the Duke of Wellington and one of his most loved and trusted men, he had served with the Duke through the peninsula campaign and his quiet competence, punctiliousness and ability to follow orders completely earned his trust. He had married the Duke's niece Emily who was the second daughter of his older brother Richard Wellesley, the third Earl of Mornington. Lord Fitzroy bore a marked resemblence to the Duke of Wellington and people would often mistake them for father and son. Lord Fitzroy was injured in his right arm late in the battle of Waterloo. He walked back to the inn at Waterloo where he had it amputated above the elbow without a sound, only crying out when it was tossed aside not to be so hasty as his wife had given him a ring which was still on that hand. He is described as fair with an open brow and very regular features. He is the youngest son of the 5th Duke of Beaufort. His brother Edward is mentioned above. Lord Fitzroy was later created first Baron Raglan.
SOUS-LIEUTENANTOf General Cubiéres who takes over when the French General is killed by Sergeant Fraser, it is this nameless lieutenant 'of ferocious mien' that leads the French to attempt to storm through the open gates of Hougoumont.
STEVENARTA horse battery with the Nassauers that were 'heroes' at Quatre Bras. For Waterloo he was attached to Prince Bernhard's Nassauers.
STEWART, William (1774 - 1827)Had commanded the second division on the Peninsula.
STEWART, General Charles (1778-1854)Handsome son of the Marquess of Lodonderry, He is half brother of Lord Castlereagh. He led a squadron of 18th Hussars for Sir John Moore's army on the Peninsula. He wanted a cavalry command with Wellington in 1811 on the peninsula but his hearing and sight were defective and an old wound meant he was unable to wear glasses. He became his Adjutant General instead. He was nicknamed him 'Prince Charles' while in Vienna for the congress
STUART, Sir Charles, (1779-1845)He receives the dispatch from the Duke around 7am on the 19th of June. A British diplomat who had served in Portugal, he is now His Majesty's Ambassador to the Netherlands. Stuart was one of the most able diplomatists of the day - not to be confused with General Charles Stewart later 3rd Marquess of Lodonderry. Sir Charles Stuart is created later Baron Stuart de Rothesay, His daughter Charlotte married Lord Canning. He is the ambassador in Paris from 1815-1830.
STUART,One of the officers of the foot Guards, Harry's regiment, Charles Audley speaks with during the third Cavalry charge when he is taking refuge in one of the infantry squares.
TAVERNER (fictional)Two unnamed children of Lady Harriet and Sir Peregrine.
TAVERNER, Lady Harriet (fictional)Sir Peregrine Taverners wife of three years, whom he met in the course of 'Regency Buck'. They have two children together and she is feeling out of sorts as she is expecting another. See REGENCY BUCK
TAVERNER, Sir Peregrine (fictional)23 years old, a young, restless and rather unthinking boy who has been married for three years to Harriet (see Regency Buck) They are the parents of two hopeful, but unnamed children and another is on the way. His sister is Judith, Lady Worth. He is easily ensnared by the heroine's, Lady Barbara, wiles when his wife Harriet snubs her. (see REGENCY BUCK)
TEMPERLEY, Julian, Lord (fictional)The Earl and Countess of Worth's 2 year old son and only child. He takes a great liking to Lady Barbara.
TERNAUX, MlleAn actress at the Theatre de la Monnaie playing in Oedipe a Colonne on the evening of the 18th of June as doubt hangs in the air as to the outcome of the battle that day.
(1) THORNHILL, MajorAide de Camp to Lord Uxbridge and from his own regiment, the 7th Hussars. see Captain Seymour also.
(2) THORNHILL - Actually it was Thornton, JamesThe Duke of Wellington's phlegmatic cook. He later gave an interview based on written questions from Lord Frederick Fitzclarence. The book has been published with an introduction by Elizabeth Longford as "Your Most Obedient Servant" , Webb and Bower, 1985. ISBN 0-86350-089-7
TORRENS, Henry, Major General Sir (1779-1828)Arrives with Lord Harrowby both from the Horse Guards for a conference with Wellington. Wellington is periodically frustrated by Sir Henry's sending out of inappropriate candidates to fill vacancies in his staff. Also see Colonel Shawe.
TRIP, GeneralBrother to Baron Trip(Jonkheer Otto Ernst Trip van Zoudlandt) (1774-1816) who had been Uxbridge's ADC in the Peninsular. General Trip was one of the clutch of Dutch and Belgian Cavalry leaders, " A heavy man like his own carabiniers". He is in Baron Collearts division of Dutch Belgic cavalry. He is rallied with Lord Edward Somerset to repel the cavalry attack of Milhaud and Lefebvre-Denouette's which comes around 4pm. Also see Baron Ghigny and Baron van Merlen. He is mistakenly praised in Wellington's dispatches
URSEL, Duc d'One of the Dutch or Belgian nobles invited to the Duke of Wellington's party, he has a"Big nose and tiny chin".
URSEL, Madame d'With whom the Duke of Wellington dances at the fête thrown in honour of the King and Queen of the Netherland's and held at the Hôtel de Ville. Also so Madame d'Assche.
UXBRIDGE, The Earl of, (Henry Paget) (1768-1854)Eloped with Lady Charlotte, The Duke of Wellington's sister in law 5 years before, since married to her. He is an excellent cavalry leader and commanded the Cavalry at Waterloo. He has polished manners, a ready smile, "His mouth had, indeed, a slightly disdainful curve, and his brilliant dark eyes were rather heavy lidded, which made them look a little contemptuous.". "He was tall and most beautifully proportioned......obviously something of a dandy." He is 47 years old but looks much younger.He was injured almost at the last minute at Waterloo - the French were in full retreat when he got shot in the leg and had to have it amputated. He was given the title Marquess of Anglesey following Waterloo.
UXBRIDGE, Countess of (Lady Charlotte Wellesley nee Cadogan) (1781-1853)Had been married to Henry Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington's youngest brother, but eloped with the Henry Paget (Lord Uxbridge) 5 years before hand. Whether from tact or because she was expecting 'an interesting event' Lady Charlotte did not travel with Lord Uxbridge to Brussels.
VALBRÈQue, Monsieur deHusband of 'The Catalani'.
VANE, Mr (fiction)'Young Mr Vane', a victim of Lady Barbara's heartlessness, he drunk himself to death. This was prior to her coming to Brussels. Also see Drew, Sir Henry and Darcy, Phillip.
VANDAMME, General Dominique (Comte d'Unebourg)(1770-1830)French commander, holding his divisions between Mezieres and Rocroi.
VANDELEUR, General Sir John (1763-1849)"Very Bluff and able" commands light dragoons and with Sir Hussey Vivian's Hussars they are posted on the left flank to await the Prussians
VICTOR, Marshal Claude Perrin (1764-1841)A French Marshal who was defeated by Wellington at Talavera in 1809. He transferred his allegiance to Louis XVIII and became Minister of War in 1821-23.
VIDAL, Lord (Alistair) Marquis(1) (fiction)The nameless father of Barbara, George, Harry and the current Marquis of Vidal. In true Alistair fashion he is described as "an expensive nobleman of selfish habits and an unsavoury reputation".
VIDAL, Lord (Alistair) Marquis(2) (fiction)Grandson of the Dominic Alistair, Duke of Avon, ( see Avon). A rather ineffectual young man. He is married to the redoubtable Augusta and has two nameless children. "A fleshy man with a shock of reddish hair, a permanant crease between thick, sandy brows, and a rather pouting mouth. His nameless father,also Marquis of Vidal, is deceased. His sister is Lady Barbara Childe, his brothers are Lord George Alistair and Lord Harry Alistair.
VIDAL, Augusta Alistair, Lady (fiction)Gussie, wife to Lord Vidal(2). "A handsome brunette , whose air, dress, and deportment all proclaimed a lady of fashion".
VIDAL Lady (Fictional) (fiction)Un-named mother of Lady Barbara's, Lord George and Vidal's who died when Harry was born.
VINCENT, BaronA commissioner from Austria
Von VINCKES, ColonelOf the Hanoverians which excite little enthusiasm from the crowd when they march past. He also commands the Landwehr battalions.
VIVIAN, General Sir HusseyCommands a Hussar Brigade, his 'shattered hand' is in a sling in May, prior to any hostilities.
WALES, Caroline Princess of (1768-1821)Caroline, sister of the Duke of Brunswick and married to the Prince Regent, the Prince of Wales.
WATERS, John (1774-1842)Assists Colquhon Grant with Intelligence, he was with Wellington and Grant in the peninsula and renowned for his ability to assume a disguise of a Spaniard of any degree or station.
WEBBER SMITH, Lt. Col JamesCommanded F Troop of Horse Artillery, one of eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. It had retained its original 6 pound guns for the battle one of only two troops to do so. With the German artillery brigades of Kuhlmann and Cleeve, and the British brigades of Bean, Ramsay and Bull's artillery brigades each with 6 guns, and 80 or more gunners and drivers, they were ranged in front of Alten (3rd) and Cooke's(1st) divisions west of the Chausée at Waterloo.
WEBSTER, Lady FrancesActually Lady Frances Wedderburn-Webster. She was a beautiful woman and Wellington's Brussels flirt, described as 'Angelic'. Lady Frances had a previous liaison with Lord Byron. She is the daughter of the first Earl of Mountnorris She was even the subject of ribaldry in the tabloid newspapers back in England following the announcement of the victory at Waterloo.
WELLINGTON, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of (1769-1852)Also nicknamed 'Nosey', 'The Beau', 'Beau Douro', 'Old Hookey' and 'The Great Man'. These were because of his distinctive nose, his acheivements and his dandyish dress sense. He was created a Knight Companion of Bath prior to his service in the Peninsular War from 1809 - 1814. His leadership there had gained him rapid recognition and during the years he was created Viscount Wellington of Talavera, Earl of Wellington, Marquis and then Duke in 1814. He also held a number of foreign titles. He is 46 years old at the start of An Infamous Army. See Marquis of Mornington, his brother Richard.
WELLESLEY, Henry (1773-1847)The Duke of Wellington's youngest brother, who had been married to Lady Charlotte. Charlotte chose to elope with the Earl of Uxbridge.
WELLESLEY, Lord Richard, 3rd Marqius of Mornington (1760-1842)The Duke of Wellington's good natured eldest brother, whom Wellington loves and respects, he is 55 years old, nine years older than the Duke, "A wonderfully handsome man with large, far-sighted eyds under hearvily makred dark brows, and aquiline nose, with delicate, up-cut nostrils, a fine rather than thin lipped mouth and a lacquered skin of alabaster. " He has beautiful manners too, unlike his abrupt younger brother.
WELLINGTON'S BRUSSEL'S FLIRTSee Webster, Lady Frances
WESTJuana and Harry Smith's groom, he was with Harry all through his peninsular campaign and afterwards for a few years, he was eventually retired from the army.
WHINYATES, Capt Edward (later Sir) (1782-1865)Commanded Rocket Troop of Horse Artillery, one of eight troops of horse artillery at Waterloo. It was equipped with five 6-pound cannon and a 5 1/2 inch howitzer in addition to Whinyates rockets. He was wounded at Waterloo. He is attached to the Union brigade for Waterloo
WILD, Jonathon (1682-1725)A nickname for Napoleon, it comes from a real life mafioso type figure who ran London's underworld at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
WOOD, Sir GeorgeCommander of the Royal Artillery.
WOODFORD, Colonel Sir John (1785-1879)One of Wellington's seasoned members of staff. Leads 4 companies of Guards to the relief of the garrison at Hougoumont.
WORTH, the Earl of (Julian Audley,)(fiction)Husband of Judith, elder brother of the hero of this book, Colonel Charles Audley, father of little Julian, brother in law to Sir Peregrine Taverner. More of the characters may be read in 'Regency Buck'
WORTH, the Countess of (Judith Audley nee Taverner)(fiction)(nee Taverner) wife of Julian, Earl of Worth and married in Heyer's previous book 'Regency Buck'. She has a son, Julian, and is brother to Sir Peregrine Taverner. She is described as having 'Golden magnificence" and being of Amazon proportions.
YORK, Duke of (1763-1827)The second son of King George III, Commander in Chief of the British Army.
YOUNG LENNOXSee William Lennox. Lord William was with the Duke of Wellington in Vienna, and it was only his graceful dancing that saved him from severe reprimand from the Duke.
ZIETHEN, Marschall-General Count Hans von (1770-1848)A Prussian general who thinks Prince on Blücher is a rum touch. Unfortunately it is his division of Prussians coming up on the allied left to support in the late afternoon of Waterloo that mistake the Nassauers as French and attack them before they realise their mistake. He reaches the battlefield sometime around 7pm just as the French are mustering for the 5th Wave, an infantry attack of the Imperial Guard.
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