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  • Charles Felix Smith - Colonel of Engineers - duellist

    Smith killed three men in duels in Paris in 1815, two from the same family. Does anyone know the names of his unfortunate opponents?

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    Keith

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    Hmm interesting man, couldn't find his opponents, were they unfortunate perhaps foolhardy?

    Smith was a noted duellist, and was equally at home with rapier, sabre, and pistol. Although never seeking a quarrel, he never permitted an insult, and he killed three Frenchmen in duels during his stay in Paris. He was also an expert boxer.
    dangerous man.

    Interesting for me:

    He was also a great supporter of the turf, and was the first to import English thoroughbred horses for racing. His trainer was Tom Hurst, afterwards of Chantilly. He organised races at Vincennes, and the racing there was considerably superior to that under royal patronage in the Champ de Mars.

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    • #3
      Have you read Peter Radford's "The Celebrated Captain Barclay"? Its full of information about gambling, sports and horse-races.

      regards

      Keith

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      • #4
        No I haven't

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        • #5
          A cracking read. Lots of detail and great characters from the sporting world. Barclay's military career is very much subordinate to his life as a gambling man.

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