Arthur Wellesley was born in Dublin on this day in 1769. The Iron Duke forged a stellar military career defeating the French time and again. During the Peninsular Wars Wellington saw off the French at the Battle of Salamanca on the 22nd of July 1812, however, he is better known for the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo on the 18th of June 1815. Wellesley went on to serve as Prime Minister from 1828-30. He died in September 1852.
The Duke of Wellington will also be remembered for the Hessian boots he so elegantly popularised and for the stylish (and much copied) chest of drawers he commissioned for use during his campaigns (figs. 1 & 2).