Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Dalrymple, John (1749-1821)

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DALRYMPLE, JOHN, sixth Earl of Stair (1749–1821), eldest son of John, fifth earl of Stair [q. v.], and his wife, a daughter of George Middleton, banker, London, was born 24 Sept. 1749. As captain of the 87th foot he served in the first American war, being present at the successful attack on New London and Fort Griswold in September 1781 under Sir Henry Clinton, who sent him home with the despatches. On 5 Jan. 1782 he was appointed minister plenipotentiary to Poland, and from 5 Aug. 1785 until 1788 was minister plenipotentiary to Berlin. He succeeded to the peerage on the death of his father in 1789, and was a representative peer 1793–1807 and from 1827 until death. He died without issue on 1 June 1821.

[Douglas's Scotch Peerage (Wood), pp. 534–5; Annual Register, lxiii. 238.]

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