Re: British In Holland around 1790
Hello Alchad ..
Most likely your family relation was here in Holland as a trader..if you find something mentioning Amsterdam,Leiden,Hoorn,Utrecht or Vlissingen thats the most likely ..
but its true 1794 is also the end of the old republic of the seven provincies and the start of the Bataafsche republic ..very turbulent times in dutch history . Its the period where the Napoleontic french got more and more influence over Holland and after wich William5 of Orange had to flee to England .
Brit /Austrian/Prussian/Spanish/Dutch/Napolitan/Sicilian /Portuguese/Piemont Sardinian forces started the first coalition war against the French in 1794 .
If you have a city name where your family relative was born it will maybe shed more light if his father was a militairy person involved in the Coa war or not .. (that was fought in the southern part of Holland ).
A thing to keep in mind that in those days Belgium wasnt a separate state yet and still part of Holland ..might be you need to look in now Belgian archives ,depending on the city ..(For there have been battles in belgian cities as Fleurus and Kortrijk in 1794 too , after that the Allied armies retreated over the river Rhine to continue fighting in cities as Boxtel and Nijmegen )
As a new member cant seem to place any links ..but 'first coalition war' in google should already lead you to a english Wiki article about the incidents .
One note to Lawnmowerman ..Holland was never under Austrian influence , just for the coalition war they joined forces . I do agree about your assumption that he propably was a high placed person though ,wether military or trader .I'dd guess when he brought his wife he was a civillian .Considering the child was registred as British most likely.
A child with a Dutch woman would not have been registred without a marriage and simply registred as bastard ,nationality dutch .Considering aristocratic families were beheaded by French revolutionary forces in the earlier French revolution makes it not very likely a aristocratic military officer would bring his (already pregnant) wife ..