Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, Soldier and Statesman, Is Born in Dublin

  • April 29, 1769

Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS (né Wesley; 1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, soldier, and Tory politician who was one of the leading military and political figures of 19th-century Britain, serving twice as prime minister of the United Kingdom. He is among the commanders who won and ended the Napoleonic Wars when the Seventh Coalition defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Wellesley was born into the Protestant Ascendancy in County Meath or Dublin in Ireland (then known as the Kingdom of Ireland).