SYMES, Michael (?1762-1809), of Ballyarthur, co. Wicklow.
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Family and Education
b. ?1762, 5th s. of Richard Symes of Ballyarthur by Eleanor, da. of Loftus Cliffe of Ross, co. Wexford. educ. Trinity, Dublin 2 Nov. 1778, aged 16. m. 18 Feb. 1801, Jemima, da. of Paul Pilcher of Rochester, Kent, 4da.
Cadet, E.I.Co. (Bengal) 1780, ensign 1780, lt. 1781, furlough 1786, res. 1788; lt. 76 Ft. and a.d.c. to Col. Musgrave 1788, capt. 1793, lt.-col. 1800.
Ambassador to court of Ava 1795-6, 1802-3.
In 1803 Symes was obliged to give up a promising military and diplomatic career in the East Indies for the sake of his health. Lord Wellesley recommended him to the prime minister, 5 Nov., by reference to his two important missions to Burma and a third in ‘Hindo-stan’ which he had been obliged to forego, and to his ‘integrity, knowledge and discretion’, which would afford Addington ‘the most satisfactory information on every subject connected with the political interests of the British Empire in India’.