John Irwin, MP - Commander-in-Chief in Ireland

John Irwin

Born 1728 in Dublin
Died May 1788 in Parma, Italy

Alias: 

Colonel Irwin

Biography: 

British army officer. Married three times, firstly (1749) to Elizabeth Henry, secondly (1753) to Anne Barry and thirdly to Caroline, with whom he had two children.

A Colonel in 1762. Sometime head of the 57th Regiment1. Member of Parliament for East Grinstead (1762-1783) Governor of Gibraltar (1765-1767), Commander-in-Chief in Ireland (1775-1782). Close friend of Lord George Germain, sometime American Secretary.

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell met a Colonel Irwin at the Sheridan's on December 31, 1762. Pottle (in LJ) gives his first name as John. Boswell described him as a "a genteel, well-bred, pretty man."

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