Théobald Dillon, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Théobald Dillon

French general

Date of Birth: 22-Jul-1745

Place of Birth: Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

Date of Death: 29-Apr-1792

Profession: military personnel

Nationality: Ireland, France

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Théobald Dillon

  • Théobald Dillon (1745, Dublin – 1792, near Lille) was count of Dillon and an Irish-born general in the French army.
  • He was the grandson of Arthur Dillon, the nephew of the bishop Arthur Richard Dillon and the cousin of general Arthur Dillon (who also had a brother named Theobald). He entered Dillon's Regiment as a cadet in 1761, gradually rose to be lieutenant-colonel (1780), took part in the Capture of Grenada (1779) and the siege of Savannah in 1779, was appointed a knight of St.
  • Louis in 1781, was authorised to wear the Order of Cincinnatus in 1785, and was awarded a pension of 1,500 francs in 1786.
  • He became brigadier-general in 1791. On 29 April 1792, following the loss of a skirmish with Austrian forces, Dillon was murdered by his own troops outside the city of Lille.
  • The troops apparently believed that their defeat by the Austrians was the result of a conspiracy on the part of Dillon, whom they called a "traitor and aristocrat."

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