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John Thomas Barber Beaumont

John Thomas Barber Beaumont (1774 - 1841)

John Thomas Barber Beaumont (1774-1841) was a British army officer, painter, author, and philanthropist. He was successful in the insurance business, and projected a settlement in South America.rrIn 1803, when Napoleon threatened to invade England, Beaumont raised a rifle corps named The Duke of Cumberland's Sharp Shooters. His troops were reported to be such accurate shots that on one occasion he held a target in Hyde Park, London while the corps fired at it from a distance of 150 yards. In 1835 the corps changed its name to Royal Victoria Rifle Club and then later became Queen Victoria's RiflesrrBeaumont was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and of the Geological Society. He died on 15 May 1841 at his residence in Regent Street.
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