Arent DePeyster

Arent de Peyster
Personal details
Born
Arent Schuyler de Peyster

27 June 1736
New York City, New York
Died26 November 1822
Dumfries, Scotland
Spouse(s)
Rebecca Blair
(m. 1757; his death 1822)
RelationsAbraham de Peyster (grandfather)
Arent Schuyler (grandfather)
Peter Schuyler (uncle)
ParentsPierre Guillaume DePeyster
Cornelia Schuyler
Military service
Allegiance British America
Service/branch50th Foot, 51st Foot, 8th Foot
Years of service1755–1794
RankColonel
Battles/warsSeven Years' War
American Revolution

Arent Schuyler DePeyster (27 June 1736 – 26 November 1822) was a British military officer best known for his term as commandant of the British controlled Fort Michilimackinac and Fort Detroit during the American Revolution. Following the capture of Lieutenant-Governor General Henry Hamilton, DePeyster is often credited as being the military leader of British and Indian forces in the Western American and Canadian frontiers.[1]

Early life

De Peyster was a native of New York City, the son of Pierre Guillaume DePeyster (1707–1785) and Cornelia Schuyler (1715–1785). His maternal grandparents were Arent Schuyler (1662–1730) and Swantje Van Duyckhuysen (1679–1724), and his paternal grandparents were Catharina de Peyster and Abraham de Peyster (1657–1728), the 20th Mayor of New York City. His godparents were his uncles, Philip van Cortlandt (1683–1746) and Peter Schuyler (1707–1762) and his godmother was his aunt, Eva Schuyler Bayard (d. 1737).[2]

His nephew's son, Frederic de Peyster (1796–1882), was a noted New York City lawyer. He was educated in London and obtained a commission as ensign in time for the Seven Years' War.[2]

Other Languages
français: Arent DePeyster