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Gardiner, James

Gardiner, James (1688-1745), was a British officer born at Carriden in Linlithgowshire. He became an ensign at, 14 in a Scottish regiment in the Dutch service, which service he abandoned in 1712 for that of Queen Anne. In 1706 he was wounded at Ramillies, and he fought at the battle of Preston in a Dragoon regiment. In 1704 he was a major in the 1st Inniskillings, becoming lieutenant-colonel of the regiment in 1730. About this time he experienced "conversion," a process which did not destroy his soldierly qualities. In 1743 he became colonel of the 13th Light Dragoons, and in 1745 died bravely at the battle of Prestonpans.