Mirror of Literature,  9 (1827), 51–56.

Memoir of the late Duke of York. By Sir Walter Scott



Extract, Biography

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Walter Scott


War, Education, Mathematics, Utility

    Focuses on the Duke of York's role as 'the reformer and regenerator of the British army' (51). Reports the poor state of military education prior to his reforms. As Commander-in-Chief, the Duke had a 'gradual and meliorating influence', and , under his charge, 'a taste for studying mathematics and calculations applicable to war was gradually introduced into the army, and carried by some officers to a great length' (52). Draws attention to the foundation under his command of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 'where every species of scientific instruction is afforded to those officers whom it is desirable to qualify for the service of the staff', and notes that 'if the British officer brings against his scientific antagonist [...] an improved and enlightened knowledge of his profession, to the memory of the Duke of York the army and the country owe them' (53).

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