Amherst, Jeffrey, Baron Amherst, was born at Riverhead, Kent, in 1717. Entering the army in 1731, he became aide-de-camp to General Ligonier, and served at Dettingen and Fontenoy. He was sent as Major-General to America in 1758, and conducted the siege of Louisburg. On his return home in 1763 he was appointed Governor of Virginia. He became Governor of Jersey in 1770, and six years later was created a baron. In 1795 he was raised to the rank of Field-Marshal, and died in 1797.