William James Smythe (1816 - 1887):
William James Smythe was born in Carnmoney, County Antrim, and was educated at Woolwich. He joined the Royal Artillery in 1833 and served in Africa, St Helena, Nova Scotia and the Fiji Islands. He went to India in 1865 and was promoted to the rank of major general in 1868. When he returned home he built a church with a round tower at Jordanstown, County Antrim, and took an active interest in local antiquities. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and bequeathed money to the Royal Irish Academy to encourage the study of Irish. He died at Carnmoney.
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||25 January 1816
||12 July 1887