Martin Hunter – British Military Personnel


General Sir Martin Hunter, GCH, GCMG (1757–1846) was a British Army officer, and governor of Stirling Castle.

In 1797, he married Scottish heiress Jean Dickson (d. 1845). They had a large family.

Hunter joined the army in 1771, as an ensign in the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot, and was made Lieutenant in 1775. He accompanied his regiment to America, where he saw action during the American Revolutionary War at Bunker Hill, Brooklyn, Brandywine, and Fort Washington. He was wounded during a night attack on General Wayne’s brigade.

In 1777 Hunter was made captain in the 52nd. He served in India, commanding the corps who attacked the breach at Cannanore in 1785, and commanded the 52nd at various sieges during the campaign under Lord Cornwallis. He was wounded during the battle at Seringapatam in 1792. In 1793, Hunter obtained a majority in the 91st Foot, and in 1794, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.

Hunter held a commissions in the 60th Foot, and also the 48th Foot, which he commanded in Gibraltar, Trinidad and Puerto Rico. In 1800 he became Colonel, and in 1801, Brigadier-General. Hunter was made lieutenant-general in 1812, and General in 1825. Hunter died in 1846, the last survivor of Lexington and Concord.