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Louisa Grellier

The André’s were a distinguished military family who served the French Hospital throughout the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The image here shows Mary Louisa André, daughter of Jaques-Pierre André (Director of the French Hospital, 1814) and wife of Richard Grellier (Secretary of the French Hospital, 1856).

The most famous member of the André family was Major John André (1751-1780), Adjutant-General to Sir Henry Clinton. John joined the British Army in America during the American Revolution.

After a surprise attack he was forced to hide and disguise himself as a civilian. However, John was captured by American militia and compromising papers were found in his boots. He was accused of being a spy and George Washington sentenced John André to execution by hanging.

John was executed on 2nd October 1780