ASTLEY, SIR JOHN DUGDALE, Bart. (1828-1894), English
soldier and sportsman, was a descendant of Lord Astley, and
son of the 2nd baronet (cr. 1821). From 1848 to 1859 he was in
the army, serving in the Crimean War and retiring as lieutenant-colonel.
He married an heiress in 1858, and thenceforth devoted
himself to horse-racing, pugilism and sport in general. He
succeeded to the baronetcy in 1873, and from 1874 to 1880 was
Conservative M.P. for North Lincolnshire. He was a popular
figure on the turf, being familiarly known as “the Mate,” and
won and lost large sums of money. Just before his death, on
the 10th of October 1894, he published some entertaining reminiscences,
under the title of Fifty Years of my Life.
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