Pack and Reynell papers

Scope and Content

Papers of Sir Denis Pack, including military correspondence for the Peninsula, the Waterloo campaign and the allied occupation of France, 1809-23; letters of Sir Denis Pack to his wife, from France (1816 and 1818), Plymouth, London (Arthur's Club), Leamington and Malvern, 1816-22 (3 files)

Papers of Lady Elizabeth Pack/Reynell, including letters to Lord Beresford, Lady Elizabeth Pack and Lady Catherine Pack (Sir Denis Pack's sister) on the death of Sir Denis Pack, 1823, and correspondence with Sir F. L. Chantrey about the monument to Pack in Kilkenny Cathedral (1829), 1823-9, 1848-52 (3 files)

Correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Reynell, including his letters to Sir Denis Pack, 1810-23; to Mrs Thornhill of Dublin, 1802-26; to his brother, Samuel Reynell, 1808-15; incoming correspondence and draft replies, 1841-5 (5 files)

Papers of Captain Anthony Pierce Pack (d. c.1857), 1811-57, particularly relating to his service in the West Indies, 1830-6 (2 files)

Boer War correspondence of Major Arthur William Pack Beresford, Royal Artillery (d. 1902), principally to his brother, Denis Pack Beresford, and his brother's wife, Alice, of Bagenalstown, 1899-1902 (4 files).

Administrative / Biographical History

Major General Sir Denis Pack, K.C.B. (d. 1823, aged 48), entered the army in 1791 and served in Flanders, 1794-5, the Cape of Good Hope in 1806 and subsequently in South America, commanding the Seventy First Regiment of Highlanders. He fought in the Peninsula, at Roli a and Vimiero in 1808, and Corunna in 1809; on the Walcheren expedition and at the siege of Flushing, in 1809; before returning to the Peninsula under Wellington, to command both a brigade and a division, taking part in the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo, and the battles of Salamanca, Vitoria and Orthes. He commanded a brigade at the battle of Quatre Bras and again at Waterloo. He was Lieutenant Governor of Plymouth until his death in 1823. He married Elizabeth Louisa (1783-1856), daughter of George De La Poer, first Marquis of Waterford. She married in 1831 Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Reynell, K.C.B., sixth Baronet (1777-1848). Reynell became a Major General in 1819 and Lieutenant General in 1837. He had served in Flanders in 1795-6, in San Domingo in 1798, Egypt in 1801, and was, 1804-7, Military Secretary at Madras and Deputy Quartermaster General there. He served in the Peninsula with the Seventy First Regiment, commanding it later at the battle of Waterloo. He commanded the Meerut division of the Bengal army, 1821-8, and took part in the siege of Bhurtpore in 1826 and was colonel of the Ninety Ninth Foot, 1832-4, the Eighty Seventh Foot, 1834-41, and of the Seventy First Foot, 1841-8.

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Compiled by Gwennyth Anderson

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