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In Westminster Abbey a magnificent marble monument honours the memory of Field Marshal George Wade. He is best remembered for his role in disarming and pacifying the clans after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, and for the network of roads and bridges he built in the Scottish Highlands. In all he did he was regarded as a gentleman of the highest honour and integrity; and numerous worthy causes benefited from his generosity, particularly in Bath, where he was the Member of Parliament for twenty-six years. This book is a well-researched and documented account of the life of George Wade a man who made and kept many friends who might easily have been his enemies. He was straightforward and honest, and made a point of seeing the other man's point of view. However, he was a flamboyant character who loved cards, wine, women, comfort, good furniture and art, and had friends in high places.

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