[General] Francis Rawdon Chesney
1789-1872; b. Ballyhea, Co. Down; explorer and military writer; commissioned
Royal Artillery 1805; received grant of £20,000 was voted by parliament
to enable him to try the experiment of communicating with India by the
EuphratesSurvey of the Euphrates and Tigris (1850), The State
of Fire-Arms Past and Present (1852) and Narrative of Euphrates
Expedition (1868). CAB ODNB DIW DIB
J. R. R. Adams, The Early Life of Francis Rawdon Chesney,
in Field Excursions in Ulster, 3: The Annalong District
of the Mournes, County Down (Ulster Folklore Soc. 1986), pp.16-20.
Charles A. Read, The Cabinet of Irish Literature
[1876-78], notes that a grant of £20,000 was voted by parliament to enable
him to try the experiment of communicating with India by the Euphrates;
cites Past and Present State of Firearms (1852); Russo-Turkish
Campaigns of 1828-9 (1854).
Dictionary of National Biography:
bio-dates 1789-1872; volunteer against Irish rebels, 1789; service in
Turkey, Suez, Syria, Hongkong; published narratives of his surveys, among
which he showed that the Suez canal was practicable, 1830.
Belfast Linen Hall Library,
Cuttings: Father of the Suez Canal, 17.6, 34.22, 36.30-1,
CB 71.140 & 136.
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Kith & Kin: Charles Cornwallis Chesney,
1826-1876; military critic; Campaigns in Virginia and Maryland
(1863), and Essays in Military Biography (1874).