George Hanger, Lord Coleraine

Hanger, George, Lord Coleraine, better known as Colonel Hanger, born in Ireland about 1750, was distinguished alike by his talents and his eccentricities. He entered the army at an early age, and served in America during the whole of the war of independence. The highest rank he reached was that of Major of the British Legion of Cavalry. In 1789 he published An Address to the Army relative to the Campaigns of 1780 and '81. He mixed much in fashionable society, where he was always welcome on account of his social qualities, and was at times the boon companion of George IV. In 1801 he published his Life, Adventures, and Opinions, embellished with a representation of his own figure suspended from a gallows. In 1814 he succeeded to the family title of Lord Coleraine, which he resolutely refused to assume. He died at his house near Regent's Park, 31st March 1824, aged 73.


37a. Biographical Dictionary—American Biography: Francis S. Drake. Boston, 1876.