Upon being appointed one of The Duke of Wellington
the Peninsular War
Sir William Erskine had alread been
a lunatic asylum
twice. When Wellington objected to the appointment,
the Military Secretary replied:
"No doubt he is a little mad at times,
but in his lucid intervals he is an uncommonly clever fellow; and I
trust that he will have no fit during the campaign, though I must say
he looked a little mad as he embarked."
That was not all however; Erskine's eyesight was so bad that in battle
someone to point out to him which direction the enemy was.
battle of Sabugal
he managed to send his troops in the
wrong direction and during the siege of Almeida
he was having a
and simply forgot to
dispatch his troops until it was too late.
After a nervous breakdown he eventually committed suicide by jumping
out of a window in 1813. His last
words, while lying in the street, was "Why on earth did I do that?".