The editor just recieved a request about the General, here is info from Historical Marker located in Carlisle PA.
Born in 1741, in Northern Ireland, William Irvine served as a ship’s surgeon during the Seven Years War before settling in Carlisle in 1764. Proponent of American independence from Britain, Irvine raised and then commanded the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment as its colonel. Involved in many campaigns, Irvine distinguished himself at Monmouth and later was given command of the Northwest frontier which was stationed at Fort Pitt.
Here is the story of an early Irwin Clan patriot from Carlisle PA.
William Irvine was born of Scots-Irish parents in Fermanaugh, Ireland on November 3, 1741. He attended Trinity College in Dublin and afterwards studied medicine. He became a Royal Navy surgeon and served at sea in the Seven Years’ War.
He settled in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1764 to practice medicine. When the Revolutionary War broke out he raised the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment and participated in the invasion of Canada where he was captured at Three Rivers. He was exchanged in 1778 and fought at the Battle of Monmouth. Promoted to Brigadier General, he was given command of the western frontier area and was headquartered at Fort Pitt where he served until the end of the war.
After the establishment of the new government, Irvine served in various posts, many involving the distribution of land, and he attended the Continental Congress in 1787. He later represented Cumberland County in the U.S. Congress and commanded Pennsylvania troops in the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion. His final post was as superintendent of military stores in Philadelphia.
Irvine was one of the original nine trustees to whom the deed for the building of a school in Carlisle had been entrusted. When the Dickinson College charter was passed in the Legislature, six of the nine became trustees of the College. Irvine was one of these and he served until his death.
During his early days in Carlisle, he married Anne Callender. He died in Philadelphia on July 29, 1804. His Final resting place can be found at<a href="-http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21243068.” target=”_blank”>-http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=21243068.