Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hope Pattison

Biography of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hope Pattison

Lieutenant Colonel A. Hope Pattison (1785–1824)
Lieutenant Colonel A. Hope Pattison (1785–1824)

Alexander Hope Pattison was born in Paisley, the second son of John Pattison who was a merchant and the owner of Kelvingrove House from 1792-1806. He was also the older brother of the notorious Granville Sharp Pattison.

In 1797 Alexander matriculated at the University of Glasgow to study Arts, taking a course in Latin. After his studies, Pattison had a long career in the military and served actively in the Peninsular War leading the 'Forlorn Hope' at the siege of Badajoz in 1812 under the command of the Earl of Wellington (later to become the first Duke of Wellington).

Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Hope Pattison was twenty-eight times in action and was twice wounded, at Badajoz and the Pyrenees. He became the Commander-in-Chief of the 2nd West India regiment and was the Commander of the Troops in the Bahamas.

Pattison died in Nassau, New Providence in January 1835. He was buried in St. Matthew's Anglican Church with great ceremony. In the Glasgow Necropolis, a statue stands in his honour, erected by his friends and family in 1838.


Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hope Pattison
Born 1785.
Died 11 January 1835.
University Link: Student
GU Degree: Arts, 1797;
Occupation categories: military
Record last updated: 22nd Apr 2014

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