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Lieutenant-General Hugh Percy, 2nd Duke of Northumberland (1742-1817, acceded 1786). The pistols were given as a present to a Mr Wood, factor (manager) of the ducal estates at Alnwick, Northumberland.
Thence by descent to the present owner.
Prior to his resignation from General Lord Howe's army in 1777, Hugh Percy had served with distinction in The American Revolutionary War. As commanding officer of the relief column at the Battle of Lexington and Concord Percy saved the retreating British forces from total defeat. In 1775, as a Divisional commander, he was engaged in the Battle of Long Island and led the storming of Fort Washington.
In 1786 Hugh Percy succeeded his father as 2nd Duke of Northumberland and worked in continuation of the program of agricultural improvements at Alnwick. He held twice-weekly meeting at Alnwick Castle with tenants and tradespeople, these occasions being almost certainly organised and attended by Wood.