Memoirs Of The Life Of The Late Right Honourable John Lindesay …
Memoirs Of The Life Of The Late Right Honourable John Lindesay …
Memoirs Of The Life Of The Late Right Honourable John Lindesay …

ROLT, Richard. Memoirs Of The Life Of The Late Right Honourable John Lindesay, Earl Of Crauford And Lindesay; Lord Lindesay Of Glenesk And Lord Lindesay Of The Byers….

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ROLT, Richard. Memoirs Of The Life Of The Late Right Honourable John Lindesay, Earl Of Crauford And Lindesay; Lord Lindesay Of Glenesk And Lord Lindesay Of The Byers. One Of Sixteen Peers For Scotland; Lieutenant-General Of His Majesty's Forces. London, printed for Henry Köpp; and sold by Mr Newberry, 1753.

4to. Entirely uncut in the near-contemporary marbled boards, re-backed with morocco in the first half of the 19th century; pp. [lii], 432, [14], engraved portrait-frontispiece, large folding panorama (a few repaired tears along folds), four engraved folding maps, two engraved armorial head-pieces; binding a little worn but firm, old ownership inscription to title-page, internally only a little spotted or browned; a very good and complete copy.
First edition of this biography of an outstanding Scottish military leader of the 18th century, who saw much action in Eastern Europe. John Lindsay, twentieth earl of Crawford and fourth earl of Lindsay (1702–1749) 'began to establish a reputation for military prowess and bravery after joining the Austrian army under Prince Eugène as a volunteer in 1735 and distinguishing himself at the battle of Claussen (17 October 1735). He embarked on a lengthier tour of foreign service in 1738 when he arrived in St Petersburg. After declining the Empress Anna's offer of a regiment of horse and the rank of lieutenant-general he joined the army of Marshal Münnich on its march to the Dniester and saw action against the Turks and Tartars. His skilled horsemanship and his prowess with the sword won him great admiration. Crawford then rejoined the Austrians, serving under Marshal Wallis at the battle of Krotzka (22 July 1739, the prelude of which depicted in the panorama), where he was severely wounded in the left thigh. In 1741, after a lengthy convalescence, he returned to England. The wound proved a constant source of pain and difficulty. According to the Gentleman's Magazine it opened twenty-nine times before complications from it eventually proved fatal in 1749' (ODNB). The Battle of Grocka, also known as Battle of Krotzka, was fought between the Habsburg and Otoman armies near Belgrade and ended with the loss of the city to the Ottoman Empire. This episode of the Austro-Russo-Ottoman War of the 1730s marked the serious weakening of Habsburg power on the Balkans.
ESTC T105142.

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